– The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says his mother encouraged his participation in politics
– Gbajabiamila notes that it is essential for women who hope to achieve anything in politics to first join a political party before they can be nominated for elective office
– The speaker says the economic and social advancement of women will not be achieved to the extent and pace desired if they do not actively take part in politics
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has credited his mother for the political success he has achieved so far.
Speaking at a woman in politics dialogue forum organised by women in management, business and public service in Abuja, the speaker said his mother encouraged his participation in politics, The Nation reports.
My participation in politics is a legacy of my mother and I owe my achievements in this arena to her. Now, I am a father of daughters for whom I hold the highest ambitions,” he said.
Gbajabiamila said it is essential for women who hope to achieve anything in politics to first join a political party before they can be nominated for elective office. He said women can make a huge difference when they take part in the politics of their nations.
The lawmaker stated that until women have an equal seat at the political table where they contribute to the decisions of nationhood, the economic and social advancement for women will not be achieved to the extent and pace desired.
“In Nigeria, we contend with a culture that has created, and too often continues to encourage and tolerate practices that disenfranchise our women, limit educational and economic opportunities available to them and restrict their ability to reach their highest potential,” the speaker said
“It is here, that any and all successful efforts at reform must begin, because our present circumstances are not a function of statutory obstacles for women who wish to participate in politics or the absence of laws that protect your interest in this regard.
He urged women who are yet to join any political party to register and join a party so that they could partake in the decision-making process of the political party of their choice.
Meanwhile, the 2020 appropriation bill earlier presented by President Muhammadu Buhari has passed its second reading at the House of Representatives.
The debate on the bill started on Wednesday, October 9, at the green chamber after it was presented by the president on Tuesday, October 8, at the National Assembly, Daily Trust reports. The motion for the debate on Thursday, October 10, was moved by the leader of the House, Alhassan Ado Doguwa.
The House, which has promised to speed up processes leading to the passage of the bill, is to resume deliberations on it on Tuesday, October 29.
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