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IWD: Women deserve more opportunities in politics, governance and economy – Taraba Speaker


IWD: Women deserve more opportunities in politics, governance and economy – Taraba Speaker

Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo

As the world marks this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), the speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly Professor Joseph Albasu Kunini has called for more opportunities for women in politics and governance as well as in economic management.

Kunini who said this in a felicitation message issued in Jalingo on Tuesday maintained that the role of women in bringing about stability and as strategic planners at all levels has been grossly underutilized at the detriment of the society.

The Speaker insisted that the system must deliberately create an enabling environment for the women folk to participate more actively in politics and governance as well as economy and other areas of human endeavors.

“Let me use this opportunity to first of celebrate every woman out there especially our great women in Nigeria and Taraba.

“It goes even without saying that women have contributed enormously towards our development as a country. Their roles at various levels remains indispensable. Sadly, they have remained at the recieving ends of most of the tragedies in this country.

” In the Northeast and Northwest ravaged by insurgency and banditry respectively, as well as the North Central torn apart by activities of killer herdsmen, a lot of women are suffering unspeakable pains trying to take care of their children at various IDPs camps across the states. 

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“A lot of women have been made widows because their husbands are killed in the line of duty or during attacks on communities. Clearly, it has not been a very easy time for the Nigerian woman. Sadly too, the level of representation of women in the system is simply not enough. 

“It is therefore imperative that on a day like this, we all sit back and ask ourselves, as leaders, how we can get women more involved in politics and governance. We must break the myths that  make the women look less human and deliberately make life easier for women. It is time to acknowledge and appreciate that women have more roles to play than just bearing children and maintaining the home. We need to see women more active in technology, entrepreneur, and all key sectors of the system.

“In Taraba state, we have have put in place laws that tackle issues of violence against women and children, and encourage girl child education as well as domestic violence. These are strategic achievements in this area but there is a lot more to be done and we will not relent untill we create an environment that enable women to function optimally in all aspects of life where they can fit. 

“Let me also say that, as the 2023 general elections is fast approaching, I encourage women to raise their stakes and participate more proactively in the process. They have good numbers and if we say politics is a game of numbers, then they must make the best of their numbers to make themselves very relevant subsequently. Once again, congratulations to all women”.

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