The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives candidate for Ekiti South Federal Constituency 1, Henrich Akomolafe, has called on the Federal Government and state governments to give Nigerian women more opportunities at the local, state and federal level of governance.
He made this known while speaking with some women of his constituency who paid him a courtesy visit to show solidarity as their representative come 2023 for the Federal House of Representatives.
According to him, the National Assembly had the opportunity of making history by passing a bill seeking 35 per cent affirmative
action that would have ensured women are well represented in governance, but they rejected the bill for their personal aggrandisement.
He promised to carry women along when given the opportunity to represent them at the federal level, adding that women have the capacity to change lots of ills in government if given the opportunity.
He said: “The constitution does not bar women from participating in politics, however, our constitution should do more to guarantee the participation of more women in politics.
“It is sad that in March, a bill seeking affirmative action to ensure that 35 per cent of women are involved in governance was rejected by the National Assembly during the voting on constitutional amendment bills.
“This is why you need lawmakers that can reflect on the evolution of life and provide opportunities for all, rather than stifle them. This was my message to women from across Ekiti South Federal Constituency when we met recently.
“I was unequivocal in letting them know that in partnership with Senator representing Ekiti South, Mrs Biodun Christine Olujimi who has been a major promoter of the bill) – We will lobby to get the bill reconsidered.
“We cannot continue to have women dominate the voting population while we leave them out of governance.
“On February 25, 2023, as you go to the ballot, think about the prospects of your daughter, sister, wife and aunty in politics and vote for a man who will show commitment to that cause,” he concluded.