AS NIGERIAN women join their counterpart around
the world to celebrate the International Womens’ Day,
members of the House of Representatives yesterday
extolled the virtues of women and called for more
women inclusion in politics.
The lawmakers took time to applaud the important
role women play in the family and society at large,
adding that it was time women were encouraged and
empowered in all spheres of life.
The resolution followed a motion of matters of
urgent public importance moved by Hon Stella Ngwu
(Enugu-PDP), on the ‘Need for Government and
People of Nigeria to be Bold for Change and Work for
more Gender Inclusive Nigeria’.
In his lead debate, Ngwu, who chairs the
House Committee on Women Affairs and Social
Development, explained that “the idea of this year’s
campaign include, to consider how to accelerate the
2030 Agenda.
She expressed optimism that the campaign would
further help in building momentum for the effective
implementation of the new Sustainable Development
Goals which entails gender equality.
In her contribution, Hon. Ayo Omidiran (Osun-
APC) called on men to show supports to women,
stressing that it was only real men that support
women.
Lending her voice to the motion, Hon. Asabe
Bashir, (Borno-APC) said that men should empower
the women and make them relevant in every sector of
the society.
According to her, “We still have some women and
children in captivity, they need to be rescued. We
should empower more women so they can be relevant
in the society”.
Also speaking on the motion, Nnenna Elendu-
Ukeje (Abia-PDP) said the day was so important to
women that they deserve to be celebrated because
women are the source of life.
Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma (Edo-PDP)
commended women for their contributions to the
society, calling for more support for women as well as
those in parliament to chair some committees.
The House unanimously dopted the motion when
it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu
Dogara.
The motion was subsequently referred to
the Committees on Women Affairs and Social
development and Legislative Compliance for further
legislative action.


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