Women’s Affairs Minister Pauline Tallen says efforts are underway to support female candidates running for various political positions in the 2023 general election through capacity building to ensure service delivery.
Tallen said this during the Nigerian News Agency Ministerial Forum in Abuja.
According to her, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Women’s Affairs with the collaboration of relevant stakeholders, will organize programs that will further equip female candidates for the positions for which they compete.
She said: “We are planning to have a capacity building program in conjunction with UN Women to see that women are supported and prepared for offices.
“We know that politics involves a lot of money due to campaigns. We don’t have money to give them, but capacity building will encourage them.
“We will also intensify the defense of women. I am using this forum to ask all Nigerian women to support any female candidate running for election.
“Because we have the numerical strength, we will surely win if we support each other.
“So, I call on Nigerian women, let’s start supporting each other.
“My prayer is that all the candidates make it through all the upcoming elections so that we can have a better presence of women in all the various positions.
“The more women we have in our assemblies and in the National Assembly, the better for Nigeria because the eyes that women see things with are different from the way men see things.”
The minister said that giving Nigerian women more political space would promote development, citing examples of managed offices that were doing well.
He called on the country’s next administration to carry on the legacy established in Buhari and increase the 35 percent affirmative action for women.
“We are calling on the next incoming administration after President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to do more for women.
“We expect more because we are expanding and we pray that unless Nigeria allows women to fill at least 35% or 50% of the positions, there will be no significant development.
“Development will be faster if more women hold strategic positions in this country,” she said.
Tallen also praised state governors for supporting, encouraging and giving more appointments to women.
Source Credit: NAN