By Jude Chinedu, Enugu
Ahead of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, the Enugu state chapter of Women for Women has requested a level playing ground and equal opportunity with the men folk and to encourage more women participation in politics.
Speaking during the inauguration of the Enugu State chapter of Women for Women, the state coordinator, Mrs Chieso Aninwagwa urged the different political parties to make more room to accommodate the women. She noted that women in the state had been properly sensitised assuring of greater participation in political contests as well as in voting.
Mrs. Aninwagwa urged the women to continue to stand firm on their rights and get involved in politics insisting that greater women participation in governance would enhance national development. She urged women to close ranks and show more unity and support for female aspirants and candidates in next year’s general election.
The state coordinator said women were ready to support fellow women contesting any political office and promised such women of the structure to achieve their goal.
She called on the state government to increase the number of female appointees and to assist the group to acquire an office and vehicle for administrative purposes. It was a carnival at Okpara Square Enugu, as hundreds of women, irrespective of their political party affiliation, gathered to witness the official birth of the Women for Women group.
Women from different political parties and organisations, in their official colours, matched round Okpara Square to express their readiness for 35% affirmative action in the next general election.
In his remarks Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi represented by the commissioner for gender affairs, Princess Peace Nnaji, assured that his administration would support women at all times.
The swearing in of the new executives was conducted by Chief (Mrs) Evelyn Ude who represented national officers – Ambassador Nkoyo, Iyom Josephine Aneni and Iyom Uche Ekwunife.
The lecture of the day was delivered by Barrister Iruka Nwokedi under the theme “Nigerian women involvement in politics”.
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