Women group to fed­eral law­mak­ers: We won’t vote for you in 2019

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

A women ad­vo­cacy group has vowed to mo­bi­lize the wom­en­folk to vote out law­mak­ers who op­posed the 35 per cent af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion bill.

The de­ci­sion fol­lowed the re­jec­tion of 35 per cent af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion for women in the just con­cluded con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment in the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

The leg­is­la­tors, dur­ing last week’s vote on key ar­eas of amend­ment of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion, also voted against a pro­posal to al­low a mar­ried woman to use ei­ther her in­di­ge­ne­ship by birth or by mar­riage to take up ap­point­ment or con­test for elec­tive po­si­tion.

The women ad­vo­cacy group un­der the aegis of Women Ad­vo­cates Re­search and Doc­u­men­ta­tion Cen­tre ( WARDC) ex­pressed dis­be­lief over the re­jec­tion of the bill.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the group and Pres­i­dent of Tran­si­tion Mon­i­tor­ing Group (TMG), Dr. Abi­ola Akiy­ode-Afo­labi, de­scribed the de­vel­op­ment as a gross in­jus­tice to the women dur­ing a meet­ing of the NGO in La­gos.

Akiy­ode-Afo­labi said the Se­nate had demon­strated in­sen­si­tiv­ity to is­sues con­cern­ing the well­be­ing of women.

She, how­ever, vowed that the group would mo­bilise against law­mak­ers in both cham­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly and en­sure they are not re­turned in 2019.

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