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Women call for accountability as antidote for leadership, good governance

By Tobi Awodipe
01 December 2018   |   1:57 am
Amina Salihu, Senior Programme Officer, MacArthur Foundation has reiterated that for positive change to take place, accountability demands leadership and must begin from everyone, charging Nigerian women to be angered and have burning desires...

Amina Salihu, Senior Programme Officer, MacArthur Foundation has reiterated that for positive change to take place, accountability demands leadership and must begin from everyone, charging Nigerian women to be angered and have burning desires to make something better out of bad situations.

Salihu who was speaking at the third edition of the Voice of Women Conference and Awards 2018 recently held in Sheraton Abuja Hotel, Nigeria said every person is responsible when his or her action is measurable as accountability and responsibility go together.

On her part, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, wife of Ekiti state governor called for the immediate implementation of the National Gender Policy stating that if gender policy is implemented and domesticated in all states of the federation, women would have a tool to hold the government accountable. According to her, patriarchy is women’s worst enemy as it controls the political, economic, social, technological and religious expanse and makes women second-class citizens.

CEO of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund, (NWTF), Mufuliat Fijabi charged Nigerians to inculcate a system of accountability in which everyone will fall into and demand for better governance. Fijabi decried the way lack of accountability affect the Nation’s reputation to international communities.

Saudatu Mahdi of Women’s Right Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) urged women to be involved and to make themselves relevant in the political space. Sauda, who was represented by Anisah Ari-Amunega, commended Women Radio 91.7 for the initiative and for using its platform to amplify the voices of women to reject lack of accountability.

Senator Abiodun Olujimi, Deputy Minority Whip said the time has come for women to rise up and take deliberate actions to increase our representation. “When women start asking questions we become a pressure group to be reckoned with,” she said.

Amina Abubakar Bello, First Lady of Niger state called for women to be more thorough and committed, bearing in mind that there are two important needs that should be met which are social and psychological. Bello said it’s not right for society to task women more, rather a level opportunity should be afforded.

The National President, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) Iyalode Alaba Lawson said the theme, “Women Beyond Barriers” speaks to women in different ways ranging from a call to action for better future, to a reminder that women have the power to break through all cultural and socio-economic barriers as well as an opportunity to reaffirm the increasing number of women globally breaking barriers.

Hajiya Salamatu Umar – Eluma commended the radio station for the initiative and stressed the need for women to demand more appointive and elective positions and showcase their worth to avoid being dismissed by their male counterparts.

Toun Okewale Sonaiya, CEO, Women Radio 91.7 and the convener said the voice of women conference has become a high-level advocacy platform which brings together leaders and serving as nexus for the intersectionality of public, private and social sector in the advancement of an agenda that empowers women and their families.