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Kwara assembly speaker advocates women participation in politics

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By Oluseyi Dasilva, Ilorin

The speaker of Kwara state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Engr. Yakubu Danladi Salihu, has lent his support for more women participation in politics, disclosed that the state legislature had been gender sensitive its composition of staff and management positions.

“Kwara state is gender sensitive and that is evidenced in the constitution of Permanent Secretaries in our Ministries, Commissioners, Special Advisers among other. Even in the composition of our Assembly Service Commission and Management Staff, the womenfolks are given significant considerations,” Salihu said while interacting with the Minister for Women Affairs, Dame Paulen Tallen, during ‘He for She’ advocacy visit to the state House of Assembly.

The speaker was quoted by his media aide, Ibrahim Sheriff as saying: “We are proud to have you (Dame Paulen Tallen) in President Buhari’s administration, as someone who followed your trajectory since my days as a student unionist, I admire how you fought for women and we are glad associating with you.

“The 9th Kwara Assembly recognised the need to respect and protect our mothers, sisters and children and that is why we have done the needful by passing VAPP Law, which the governor signed immediately.”

Commenting on legislation to encourage women inclusion in governance, the lawmaker said “Passing a Law for women inclusion is not an issue, but the womenfolk must also take that risk and rise up to the challenge of aspiring for leadership positions at various level. We must first advocate for participation of women in politics.”

Earlier in her remarks, Tallen had said, “We are here on ‘He for She’ campaign, a United Nations (UN) campaign to celebrate men, who have demonstrated clear commitment in carrying women along in nation building, and gladly, Kwara state governor has done that.

“The all men 9th Kwara Assembly recognises the essence of women in our society and understands that women growth is strategic and essential to nations building and that is why it domesticated the VAPP Act.

She added, “We congratulate you on the passage of the VAPP Law and for the demonstration of the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s love for women that earned him the He for She award.”

The minister noted that since the outbreak of COVID-19, children have been locked in with their abusers (fathers inclusive) and her Ministry have received heartbreaking reports from all States of the federation of gender based violence and therefore appeal to Kwara state House of Assembly to ensure implementation of the VAPP and Child Right Law.

She furthered that no state is an exception from gender-based violence, stressing that no religion permits a baby to give birth to a baby. She also prayed to the House to propose and pass a bill that encourages women participation in lawmaking and governance in the state.

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