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Women Group Seeks National Assembly Principal Officers’ Positions For Females

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A Group, Women in Politics Forum (WIPF), an NGO, on Monday in Abuja, canvassed for the consideration of elected female lawmakers as principal officers in the 8th National Assembly.

Mrs Ebere Ufendu, the group’s president, who made the call at a media briefing, said that the call became necessary, considering the jostle for principal offices in the National Assembly ahead of the 8th Assembly,

Ufendu noted that in spite of their contributions to the development of the country, only few women had held principal positions, particularly in the National Assembly.

She said: “In the history of this country, no woman has been made the Chief of Staff, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Minister of Justice or Security Adviser.

“Even at the National Assembly, no female lawmaker has emerged as Senate President or Deputy Senate President.

“I call on the National Assembly and other stakeholders to consider the female senators-elect for principal offices. Some of them I know are qualified to be principal officers.

Someone like Sen. Binta Garba (APC-Adamawa North) is a ranking lawmaker and should be considered for a principal position in the Senate.

“She was in the House of Representatives for 12 years and is also from North-East and, as such, eminently qualified.’’

The WIPF President also called on the incoming APC Buhari administration to seriously consider women in the government’s decision-making processes.

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