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TUC tasks women on bills for their dignity restoration, protection

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President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Comrade Quadri Olaleye, has charged women to sponsor bills for the restoration and protection of their dignity.

He stated that the increasing reports of rape, broken homes, under-age marriages and battery virtually on a daily basis were becoming very disturbing.

Speaking during the inauguration of the TUC Women Commission and its secretariat yesterday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Olaleye challenged the gender to rediscover their pre-independence prowess, noting by so doing, the seeming ‘weak’ ones among them would feel a sense of belonging.

He frowned on the situation where women still believe that their roles end in the “kitchen and the other room” when millions of them are doing well in all spheres of human endavours.

The TUC boss charged the concerned sex to do away with the mentality that they were weak vessels and as such, higher positions should be given to them on a platter of gold.

His words: “Dear comrades, you have a great task ahead of you. The dailies are awash with cases of rape, under-age marriages and so on. You must come together and sponsor bills that would better protect women and give them a sense of belonging. Sometimes you may be pressed on every side, but you can’t be crushed; you may be confounded, but do not despair, bearing in mind that a people united can never be defeated.

“A large number of women still believe their place is in the kitchen and the other room even at a time millions of women are doing great exploits in all spheres of human endavours. I urge you to rediscover yourselves.

“Power is not given on a Father Christmas basis. It is taken, sometimes violently, but of recent strategically.”

Olaleye went on: “Currently, we have two amazons in the National Administrative Council of Congress (NAC). We look forward to having more women if you are ready. I challenge you to do more. You can as long as you support yourselves.”

In her remarks, National Chairperson of the TUC Women Commission, Comrade Afusatu Shaibu, charged her colleagues to recall the role they played during the pre-colonial Nigeria in the area of governance.

Represented by the commission’s National Secretary, Comrade Omolara Sansa, Shaibu commended the Akwa Ibom government for giving women visibility in the administration.

Earlier, the TUC chairman in the state, Comrade Dominic Abang, commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for his positive disposition towards labour in the state, adding that the partnership would engender a cordial relationship.


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