The 1st Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (SWP) West Africa Sub-Region Conference has ended its meeting in Port Harcourt with a call for thity per cent poltical positions for women within the region.
In a six-point communiqué issued at the end of the 3-Day Conference, the CWP stated that the thirty per cent positions sought should be made compulsory for political parties to implement through a legislation by member.
The communiqué, which was signed by Hon. Hajia Mary Salifu Boforo, Ghana, Hon. Dame Maureen Tamuno, Nigeria and Hon. Rev. Marie Yansaneh, Sierra Leone, on behalf of the organisation, urged the electoral commissions of the member nations to ensure strict implementation of the decision.
The communiqué also stated that in a case where women are not able to meet the financial requirements for election, special seats should be reserved for them.
It further added that in the case of Nigeria that has six geo-political zones, each zone should be allocated five per cent of the elective offices adding that it would not be too much for each of the zones to forfeit some state Parliamentary offices to women at the National Assembly level.
The CWP called for more Governments and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) to be involved in the campaign and championing of women participation in politics.
The communiqué also urged traditional rulers in the region to be gender sensitive in formulating customary laws, insisting on the need to abolish harmful cultural and traditional practices that violate womens’ rights.
It further called for the training of youths, especially females, enable them to be economically and politically empowered.
The communiqué urged men to encourage their wives and daughters to take up political and economic leadership positions in the society.
Church Celebrates Advent Liturgy Service
The Lynn Chancel & Towers mission, Port Harcourt, has celebrated the Advent Liturgy Service to herald the beginning of a new ecclesiastic calendar year.
The advent liturgy which is an Anglican rites, is celebrated among Anglican, Catholic and Methodist faithful as a season of expectations by the church in celebration of the second coming of Jesus Christ and also His coming as a judge at the end of time.
Therefore, this year’s celebration is the second season organised by the Chancel of Our Lady Lynn and Towers Mission, Woji in Port Harcourt, Rivers State since its establishment and was specially designed to give hopeful edification for Christians and friends of the mission.
Speaking at the Advent Liturgy Service and Worship held at the Chancel of Our Lady Lynn & Towers Mission, Woji yesterday, the Presiding Priest and cleric, Ven. Fyneface Ndubishi Akah said the essence of the celebration was an expression of gratitude of God’s kindness and His benevolence and grace in ushering mankind into another new year through forgiveness of our sins.
Akah said the advent liturgy, an annual spiritual ritual, observed and celebrated by the Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and Eastern Othordox churches is marked four weeks to Christmas and kick starts the commencement of a new ecclesiastical calendar year.
He said it is an opportunity God offers to mankind to take a sober reflection of his or her past life in the past year ended with a view to having a renewed Christian life, adding that “the stock taking of our life activities should be both in our stewardship and relationship with one another”.
“Every year, there is new beginning, men take new resolutions. When we stage Advent Liturgy, we appreciate God for not killing us for our sins because we make mistakes in both spiritual and rational relationships. We are selfish. We fail in our marriage relationships and also in our societal responsibilities. The new year calendar date begins today, advent day, it is seasonal and does not have a regular date like the circular calendar but is celebrated four weeks before Christmas”, he stated.
The Anglican priest, who also doubles as the Executive Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, (RSUBEB) used the opportunity to call on leaders at all levels to discharge the thrust of leadership entrusted to them with the fear of God and ensure that they provide those projects that will impact positively on the lives of the people.
“Our country is grieving. If you are President, governor or local government chairman rule with human face,” he stated.
The Tide reports that the service featured hymns, Eucharist, and climaxed with an award presentation to Ven Fyneface Akah by the Niger Delta Provincial Students Association, Institute of Theology and Paul University, Akwa, Anambra State.
By: Akujobi Amadi
Zamfara PDP Conducts Ward Congress …Says Nobody Can Intimidate Party
The Zamfara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has conducted its congress in the 147 wards of the State.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the ward congress in Gusau, the state capital, the Acting Chairman of the party, Col. Bala Mande (rtd), said the members adopted consensus method, saying that there was no agitation from members.
“The congress was conducted very peacefully because there were adequate security operatives across the state,” he added.
According to the state chairman of the party, there was nothing like parallel congress. He noted that the electoral committee from the party’s headquarters commended the members of the party for conducting themselves in orderly manner.
“I want to use this opportunity to tell the whole world that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies were adequately represented.”
When asked to comment on the PDP chances of forming government in the state in 2023, the former military governor said that the conduct of the congress indicated that the party is on ground in Zamfara State.
Mande refuted the claim that the ruling APC in the State has been trying to silence PDP in the State, saying the ruling APC has no constitutional power to stop PDP in the state.
“That was misinformation and empty propaganda which was supposed to be thrown into another basket.”
He urged the teeming supporters of the party to remain steadfast, saying that the fact that APC stole their mandate did not mean that they would not reclaim it again.
Group Backs Ortom On Call To Probe Akume
Zone A Peoples’ Assembly ZAPA, has said that it greatly appreciates the Benue State Executive Council led by Governor Samuel Ortom for taking a very courageous and appropriate step to question, in order to retrieve the over N4billion allegedly embezzled by the Senator George Akume administration that held sway from 1999-2007.
The group said it is convinced that the decision by the current administration in the state will undoubtedly assist the people of the state in dual advantages of first, appreciating how the state commenced on a faulty note the journey after the final resurgence of democracy in the country. Secondly, retrieving monies embezzled by heartless gluttons will help greatly to further add to the development of the State.
ZAPA said it is properly equipped to stand behind Governor Ortom and the Benue State Executive Council in this direction with every legitimate support to go all out in ensuring that those who committed such brazen corruption to the detriment of our people are brought to book, and made to refund the huge stolen funds.
ZAPA, in a statement signed by Fannen Mondo, its National President and Sir J T Ornguga, National General Secretary, said it has also set up a crack team to unearth all files allegedly hidden at the Federal Ministry of Justice, ICPC and EFCC containing petition against Senator George Akume and his government written by some anti corruption crusaders like the Benue Proactive Coalition, Late. Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, amongst others.
“Democracy in this dispensation which began in 1999 was meant to usher in a new lease of life for the people of Nigeria, viz, Benue State through a democratic culture driven by transparency and openness. Unfortunately, Akume who was at the driver’s seat as Governor betrayed the peoples’ hope by starting on a filthy note by amongst other things, elevating corruption during his time to statecraft,” the group said.
“We are calling on all anti-graft agencies, especially the EFCC, to understand that Governor Samuel Ortom led Benue State Executive Council by this action has only answered the consistent yearnings of the people of Benue State including ZAPA.
“We are sending affidavits with documentary evidence of very many white elephant projects and audio projects executed by Akume in the entire of the Benue North East Senatorial Districts”.
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