The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Plateau State Council has urged Nigerian women to shun sentiments and unite in order to achieve the 35 per cent affirmation in politics and equality.
The Chairman of the union, Mr Eugene Manji made the call, yesterday in Jos at an International Women’s Day event organised by the women committee of the council.
Manji said there was need for more women representation in politics, adding that if women did not join politics their voices could not be heard.
“Women can only be heard and can only make contributions politically when they are directly involved in politics,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, Ms Yvonne Jack said Nigeria currently has only 10 per cent of government positions held by women in spite of the fact that women were vital to policy making and peace building.
Jack, therefore urged women to engage in activism so that their voices and participation could be seen and heard.
She said that women protests against injustices and lobbying for inclusion must also be stepped up to increase their visibility and confidence.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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