IWD: We are giving women greater voice, participation in government, party- APC


As the world marks the 2021 International Women’s Day, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has joined the world over in celebrating its teeming women membership in Nigeria and the entire womenfolk.

In a statement issued by the National Secretary Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. John Akpanudoedehe said the National Chairman of the CECPC, Mai Mala Buni is unflinching in his determination to make the party, a more women-inclusive political organisation.

According to the statement, “From the composition of the Party’s various membership registration committees to the Governor Yahaya Bello-led Committee on Women, Youths and People With Disabilities (PWDs) sensitisation and the on-going APC Constitution review exercise (which amendments will consider better women inclusiveness), there’s a clear statement that women are being given a greater voice and participation in the affairs of our party. This is as can be gleaned from Article 7 (vii) of the APC Constitution essentially provides for the interest of women, youths and PWDs and which is in line with the 35% affirmative action. 

President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government has shown this commitment in the appointment of women into key positions in government. No fewer than 50 women are currently serving in top positions such as ministers, head of the service of the federation, special advisers and heads of departments and agencies. 

New National Star names some of the ministries, parastatals and agencies President Muhammadu Buhari appointed women to head, this include; the Minister for Finance, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, that of Environment, Federal Capital Territory (state), Minister for Transportation (State), Minister for Women Affairs and Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment.

Other key appointments also include; the Head of Service of the federation, Special Advisers to Mr. President (Mariam Uwais and Jumoke Oduwole), the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman and the Chairman of the Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri- Erewa, are just a few of the many others.

It is also noteworthy that President Buhari has held the ladder for our women to soar internationally as seen in his untrammelled support for Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to emerge as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

APC said, “On this day and always, we celebrate the outstanding strides our women are making in various areas both domestically and internationally. We pledge our commitment to continue to hold the ladder for our women to reach their highest potentials,” the statement said.


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