Participants at a “One-day Workshop on Women Political Participation,’’ on Thursday in Abakaliki urged relevant authorities to ensure that women were given opportunity to participate in elective partisan positions in Ebonyi.
The workshop was organised by the International Republican Institute (IRI) with funding by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Participants included, female politicians, women political activists and members of civil society organisations.
They decried low level of women involvement in grassroots politics in the state and called for a change in the April 25 local government area election.
The gathering identified traditional /cultural practices, lack of funds, violent nature of Nigerian politics and poor inclusion of women in parties’ leadership among other structures as inhibitions to women participation in politics.
The participants, therefore, called for removal of factors that inhibited effective involvement of women in governance.
They noted that more involvement of women in various levels of governance would create gender balance and equity.
Mrs Ugo Nnachi, in a paper entitled: “Strategies For Increasing Women Political Participation in Ebonyi: Focus on Women Participation in Party Congresses and LGA Elections,” called for more quota to be allocated to women in party leadership structures and grassroots governance.
According to her, when women are elected into political positions, they make a difference for the girls and women, adding that women in elective positions strongly impact legislation.
She emphasised that women were more likely to pursue inclusive governance, and stressed that more efforts should be made to bring more women into politics at local, state and federal levels to address their marginalisation.
“Available statistics indicates gross under representation of women in elective position in Ebonyi politics at various levels of governance.
“The 1999 election culminated in the election of one woman into the House of Representatives and in 2003, one female lawmaker was elected into the Ebonyi House of Assembly.
“Till date, no female has been elected a senator from any of the three senatorial districts from 1999 to date,” Nnachi said.
She noted that between 2004 and 2007, only one female was elected as council chairman out of the 13 local government areas of Ebonyi.
“Between 2010 and 2013 only one woman was elected as LGA chairman; between 2015 and 2017 three women were elected chairmen out of the 13 LGAs.
“The above statistics shows low level of women participation in grassroots politics.
“We must come together to ensure that we throw up more women in politics.
“We may have achieved the 35 per cent affirmative action in appointive political positions in Ebonyi, but we hope that it will be extended to elective positions, ” she added.
Nnachi who was former Ebonyi Head of Service, regretted that despite global campaigns for gender equality, women’s political representation was just below 30 to 35 per cent.
Mrs Jennifer Adibe, Special Assistant to Gov. Dave Umahi on Inter Party Matters and Labour, advocated for girl-child education and mentorship to equip them with needed capacity to excel in politics.
She commended the governor for inclusion of more women in his administration.
High point of the workshop was the setting up of a 10-member Advocacy Group to interface with relevant authorities to enhance participation of more women in politics.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Obike Ukoh
Edo Election: Senate minority caucus hails Obaseki over victory
The Senate Minority Caucus has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki over his resounding victory in the governorship election in Edo State.
The Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, (PDP Abia), on Sunday in Abuja said the victory signalled a new dawn and ultimate end of Godfatherism in Nigeria politics.
Abaribe also hailed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for its tenacity and resilience in the face of manifest intimidation.
He said the victory further confirmed that power ultimately belonged to the people and not to some individuals who think they could play god and toy at will with the wishes of the people.
“Going forward, I believe that Edo people through their overwhelming endorsement of Gov. Obaseki and PDP sent the right signal across.
“It has affirmed that never again should any political party succumb to the undemocratic machination of some few, who like to play tin-god because of their supposedly rich pocket.
“This victory is a soothing balm not only for Edo people but also for the entire country, especially against the backdrop of the excruciating sufferings and hardship foisted on the people,” Abaribe said in a statement by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom.
He congratulated the PDP family and urged the people of Ondo State to be ready to replicate what had happened in Edo.
This, Abaribe said, would return Nigeria to genuine and people-oriented democracy.
Obaseki had, in a keenly contested election polled 307,955 votes to defeat his closet contender Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who pulled 223,619 votes.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Peter Ejiofor)
Osimhen’s Napoli capitalised on Parma mistakes as spectators return to Serie A
Napoli on Sunday capitalised on two defensive mistakes to win 2-0 at Parma in their opening match of the season as spectators returned to Serie A for the first time since March.
Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne got Napoli’s campaign off to a winning start with second-half goals shortly after club’s record signing Victor Osimhen was brought on for his debut.
A smattering of fans, wearing masks and widely spaced apart, watched the game at the Stadio Tardini.
This was after the Italian Government agreed to allow up to 1,000 spectators at matches from Sunday for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown.
A cagey first half produced no real chances but Napoli came to life after Nigerian Osimhen, signed from Lille in the summer, was brought on in the 61st minute.
Two minutes later, Hirving Lozano crossed the ball into the area and Parma defender Simone Iacoponi headed his attempted clearance straight to the feet of Mertens who fired past Luigi Sepe from 15 metres.
Insigne struck the post from Oshimhen’s flick before Parma gifted Napoli a second goal.
Lozano intercepted a pass out of the Parma defence, his shot was saved by Sepe but Insigne snapped up the rebound in the 77th minute.
Parma, playing their first match under Coach Fabio Liverani, did little to impress new president Kyle Krause, Chief Executive of the United States-based Krause Group which took over the club on Friday.
Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Peter Ejiofor)
Edo election: Group lauds INEC on credible poll, says its victory for democracy
A group, known as Centre For Liberty, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting free fair and credible governoship election in Edo.
The commendation is contained in a statement signed by the co-conveners of the centre, Mr Ariyo-Dare Atoye and Adebayo Raphael issued in Benin on Sunday.
The group said “the conduct of free, fair and credible election is victory for democracy in Nigeria.
“On Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, the good people of Edo went to the polls to exercise their democratic rights to vote, and did so peacefully and commendably.
“In spite of the unfortunate flashes of violence in 13 local government areas of the 18 local government areas of the state during campaigns, the election was conducted in a civilised and less disruptive manner across the state.
“This is highly commendable, havin observed the general conduct of the election in the state.
“We cannot but commend the initiative of the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, who led the peace meeting among political gladiators in the state and set the pace for the National Peace Committee”.
It appealed to monarchs across the country to demonstrate their commitment to peaceful, free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria by demanding for electoral reforms in the country.
It also commended the general conduct of INEC staff, security personnel and other stakeholders who participated in the conduct of the election .
The group explained that the election had validated its (group) position and many other Nigerians that electoral reform is urgently needed for progress of the nation’s democratic process.
According to the group, Nigeria can no longer afford to defer the importance of electronic transmission of election results and electronic collation of same.
“INEC has already demonstrated its willingness to embrace this lofty leap with its Z-pad initiative.
“With the introduction of the results viewing portal and the Z-pad, electoral fraud, if not eradicated will be reduced,” the group said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Kayode Olaitan
Flood: Reptiles invade homes in Anambra community
Dangerous reptiles have began to creep into some residential houses in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra, as a result of flood.
Mr Arinze Awogu, Transition Chairman of Ogbaru Council Area who disclosed this on Sunday, said some displaced people were already moving into the holding camps prepared for them.
Awogu said the level of the River Niger had continued to rise, making streets and flood channels that emptied into the River to flow backwards.
He said no fewer than 1,000 persons have been forced out of their homes.
Ogbaru is a coastal local government with all its 16 communities on the banks of River Niger.
He reported that a big cobra which found its way into an apartment in Atani, was killed with the assistance of operatives from the Atani Divisional Police Station.
According to him, the cobra was killed in Atani, the man in whose house it was killed miraculously escaped being bitten by the snake the previous night as he went into his Boys Quarters in search of some documents.
“On sighting the snake, he quickly shut the door and invited the police from Atani police division who teargassed the room and the reptile became uncomfortable, but as it made its way out, it was killed by those around,” he said.
Awogu advised people of the area to always shut their doors at all times and spread repellants to ward off the unwanted guests as most of them had been displaced from their natural habitat.
“Snakes and other dangerous reptiles are being driven out of their habitats by the flood and people’s homes are likely to be where the deadly animals may be seeking refuge,” he said.
The council chairman said more people were being displaced from their homes by the flood and that they had started moving into the three holding camps in the council.
He regreted that flooding had become a yearly experience for the people and assured them of care while in the camps.
“People are leaving their homes and heading to the holding centres created by the Anambra government for people in flood-prone local government areas.
“The task now is to ensure they have the necessities of existence like food, healthcare and other facilities, while waiting for the flood to recede.
“In addition to what the state government is doing, we are calling on the Federal Government through NEMA to come to our aid,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Idonije Obakhedo