The House of Representatives Committee on women in parliament has stated that it would relate with other African legislatures towards ensuring greater women’s participation in politics.
Chairman of the Committee Hon. Taiwo Oluga, made the pledge during the Committee’s inaugural meeting where the lawmakers adopted an action plan for the committee.
Oluga said the committee would liaise with the Senate leadership on issues relating to women representation in the Federal Executive Council and other agencies of government to achieving at least 35% women inclusion in governance at at all levels in Nigeria
According to her, the Committee will also work in partnership with Ministry of Women Affairs, NAPTIP and sister agencies to curb incidences of human trafficking, female child prostitution and defend the provisions of the Child Rights Act.
She further disclosed that the committee would take the classic example of success of women in politics in Rwanda with 68% of women population as lawmakers and 50% as Cabinet members and Supreme Court Judges.
While calling for more active involvement of women in seeking elective positions at the national and state houses of assemblies also decried a situation where only eleven women were elected into the national legislature saying it is not acceptable.