UK pledges assist to Nigerian girls in politics



    Women affairs minister with Nigerian girls

    By Isaac Aregbesola

    The British authorities has promised to provide assist to Nigerian girls who’re actively concerned in politics as 12 states adopts plans on gender equality.

    The UK Special envoy on gender equality, Ms. Joanna Roper, advised the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that there was the necessity to enhance girls participation in politics in Nigeria.

    “Nigeria and UK will work collectively on gender equality and others.

    “Twelve states in Nigeria have had their national plan on gender equality and this shows that UK and Nigeria can work together on it,” she stated.

    According to her the British authorities is eager within the space of girls involving in political participation in Nigeria.

    She stated that the British authorities would assist in the world of implementation of nationwide motion plan for gender equality.

    “’This could possibly be simply achieved by means of the nationwide plan on the state stage, and a variety of efforts had been made on this regard.

    “I think the conversation has started over it because that is where we could make an impact. We will also help women to be part of mediation in conflict resolution,” she stated

    She that reconcillations brokered had been girls had been extra sustainable.

    “’I think everybody recognises the importance of women in negotiation,” she stated.

    She stated that UK authorities has budgeted 250 million kilos for safety and battle decision.

    NAN reviews that accessible statistics reveal that out of the 109 senators within the National Assembly, solely 9 are girls, whereas solely 27 out of the 360 members of the House of Representatives are girls.

    Besides, out of the 990 members of the state Houses of Assembly, solely 54 are girls.

    Women activists, stated the image markedly depicts a lopsided membership of the legislatures in favour of males and observers say that the story is comparable on the native stage, the place only some girls operate as chairpersons or councillors in native authorities councils.

    They stated no girl had ever change into the nation’s president or vice chairman.

    They, nonetheless, famous that the primary feminine governor in Nigeria, Dame Virgy Etiaba, solely functioned as Anambra State’s governor for six months, following the impeachment of her boss, Gov. Peter Obi, on Nov. 2, 2006.