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Without You, There Won’t Be Procreation — Obi Eulogizes Women, Says They Do Better in Governance When Given the Chance


By Izunna Okafor, Awka

The lead contestant and presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 General Election in Nigeria, Mr. Peter Obi, has described Nigerian women as resilient and people whose inestimable contributions to the country have remained ever impactful.

Obi disclosed this in his special message to mark the 2024 International Women’s Day, and in which he also affirmed that it was the existence of women that
made procreation in the World possible.

The former Anambra Governor also extolled the entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerian women, whom, he said, when encouraged and supported, would greatly impact the country’s economy economic development.

He wrote: “I like therefore to use this unique day to join the international community in celebrating women all over the World.

“Their existence has
made procreation in the World possible.

“On a special day like this, I like to especially celebrate Nigerian women whose inestimable contributions to our nation have continued to greatly impact our growth and development.

“We appreciate the resilience, perseverance, and tireless sacrifices of our Nigerian women, who in the face of the many challenges facing our nation, continue to resonate with hope for a better nation.

“A report by Country Meters shows that women account for 49.4% of the total population in Nigeria. Such significant numbers if adequately empowered will contribute significantly to our national development.

“Education remains the greatest empowerment for all, especially our women. Sadly, the poor female school enrolment in Nigeria has remained a source of worry. UNICEF reports that 50% of Nigerian girls are not attending school at the basic level, which is the most important, with girls accounting for about 7.6 million of the about 18 million out-of-school children in the country.

“These challenges must therefore be addressed, to raise a generation of empowered and productive women who will contribute to our national development, peace, and progress.

”I have always made a case for a broad inclusion of women in governance. Our dear women have continued to distinguish themselves in leadership positions and public offices. When given more opportunities, I believe they will do more.

“Unfortunately, political participation of women in governance has remained very low, despite the National Gender Policy which demands 35 percent involvement of women in all governance processes. It is reported that in the 2023 elections, of the over 15,000 candidates who contested for different elective positions, only about 10 percent were women. More women, therefore, must be given the chance to play active roles in governance.

“The entrepreneurial spirit of our women, when encouraged and supported will greatly impact our economic development. It is reported that women account for 41% of ownership of micro-businesses in Nigeria with about 23 million female entrepreneurs in the SME sector, who with adequate support, will aid our journey from consumption to production.

“United with our women, therefore, our journey to the New Nigeria becomes even more possible. Happy International Women’s Day.”

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