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Alhaja Ladoja Advocates more Involvement of Women in Politics

The wife of former Governor of Oyo State, Alhaja Mutiat Ladoja has appealed to members of the National Assembly to reconsider the request for the 35 Percent Affirmation Bill of Inclusion of Women into political positions.

          Alhaja Ladoja made this appeal at a program titled “Women Participation in politics organized by the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Oyo state chapter on the occasion of International Women’s Day Celebration.

          The former wife of the governor who decried the low participation of women in politics noted that the call was not to wrest power from men but to use the opportunity to make a positive impact and make a developmental difference in nation-building.

Alhaja Ladoja urged women to collectively make a decision to negotiate for space in elective positions.

Delivering a lecture on “women participation in politics in Nigeria”, a guest lecturer, Professor of Community Development, University of Ibadan, Professor Olumide Olajide highlighted the factors responsible for the low participation of women in politics including culture, gender stereotypes, financial strains and unavailability of resources.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Chairperson, NAWOJ, Oyo state chapter, Mrs Jadesola Ajibola said the motive behind the Program was to encourage more female participation in electioneering appealed to the state governor to give the remaining two slots in National Assembly to women who are willing and capable to hold the office.

The program had in attendance prominent Nigerians including the only female lawmaker in Oyo state, Mrs Olawunmi Oladeji who was awarded the most Outstanding female lawmaker, Mrs Taye Soege who represented the Oba Lekan Balogun and former Governor Alhaja Mutiat Ladoja who was awarded the Grand Matron of NAWOJ.

Blessing Adesanya

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