NASS Rejection Of Gender Bills, A Setback For Democracy –Wike
Governor Nyesome Wike NASS Rejection Of Gender Bills, A Setback For Democracy –Wike

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the rejection of five gender bills by the National Assembly is a major setback for Nigeria’s democratic development and should be condemned.

The Governor made this assertion at the inauguration of Ahoada-Odiemerenyi -Ihugbogo -Odieke Road project in Ahoada-East Local Government Area on Friday.

He stated that women, including the wife of the President and Vice President,
Mrs. Aisha Buhari and Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, had approached, lobbied and secured the promise of members of the National Assembly to act in their favour.

But rather than do so, the lawmakers voted against the bills.

‘Look at what happened in the National Assembly. I watched it and I laughed when I saw our wives, and women were disgraced. It has never happened anywhere. I saw wives of the president and vice president go to the plenary session of the National Assembly to lobby them, to please help them.

‘They (National Assembly) promised them. The party (APC) promised them. The same party that promised them failed them.’

Governor Wike said such will not be allowed to happen in progressive societies that have continues to harness the potential of women in the advancement of their countries.

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He went on to blamed the rejection of the bills on President Muhammadu Buhari’s lack of interest in allowing for affirmative action for women in political administration in the country.

‘APC controls the National Assembly. If Mr. President was in support of this, there is no way they will disgrace women in the National Assembly. Such shameful thing.’

Speaking further, the Governor noted that the situation in his state is different because women are an integral part of the process of political administration of the state.

He explained that there are 23 female vice chairmen of local governments in Rivers State, and at least five female councilors in each local government area.

According to him, this is as a result of deliberate policy implemented by the Peoples Democratic Party leadership in the state.

‘Look, in this State, as a matter of policy, we said we are going to do this and we agreed that if women cannot be chairman of councils, they cannot be refused the position of vice-chairmen.

‘Today, in this State, all 23 vice-chairmen are women. Today, in this State, we said we must have five women as councilors in each local government. It is a matter of policy and It is leadership,’ he said.

Speaking further Governor Wike said he has used politics and governance to better the socio-economic conditions of communities and make the people happy.

The Rivers State governor said sustaining national development and providing a thriving economy for Nigerians is not difficult to attain across the country.

He said a lack of passion in leadership to improve the life of the people, and tendency of the APC to inflict pains on Nigerians, inadvertently, creates the impression that governance is difficult.

For him, the sole aim of governance is to solve societal problems and ensure that the people are happy because of the improved social services that include development projects, delivered to them.

There is nothing difficult in Nigeria. It is just because they want to punish the people. When people talk about Nigeria is lacking this, Nigeria is lacking that, I say it is because of the leadership.

‘There is no passion for this country. They (APC) are not committed to the development of this country.’

Performing the inauguration of the 10.2km long road Ahoada -Odiemerenyi-Ihugbogo-Odieke Road project, former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi said Rivers State has a difficult terrain, and it takes courage and love to invest in such development endeavour to better life of rural dwellers.

He said just like the state, it is imperative for the PDP to take over power at the national level so that Nigerians will enjoy passionate leadership that is committed to their welfare.

Senator Makarfi, however, called for greater unity in the party and an undivided focus towards the return to power at the national level to reverse the failure of the APC.


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