NAWOJ Makes Case For Female Guber Running Mates In Ebonyi

By Celestine Okeh, Abakaliki

Nigeria Association of women journalist (NAWOJ), have called on gubernatorial candidates of various political parties in Ebonyi to pick female as running mates in the forth coming general election.

In a statement on Friday, in Abakaliki by  Comrade Nkechinyere Oginyi,
Chairperson of NAWOJ in Ebonyi State, urged other women organizations, and CSOs to lend their voices to the clarion call.

The press statement reads in full;
"Gentlemen of the press it is my honor to welcome you all to this press conference organized by Nigeria association of women journalists Nawoj Ebonyi state chapter today Friday, 17th June, 2022

"Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, (NAWOJ) Ebonyi state chapter calls on governorship candidates of various political parties in Ebonyi to pick women as running mates.

"This call became necessary in the interest of equity, fairness, and justice.

"As critical stakeholders, NAWOJ Ebonyi, makes bold to say that Nigeria cannot be advocating for an inclusive society, when all gender are not given equal opportunity to access political power to contribute to nation-building.

"The time to show sincerity to an inclusive society has come and we urge all gubernatorial candidates in Ebonyi State, to pick women as their running mates in the 2023 governorship election.

"There is no gain saying the obvious, that women are nation builders and empowering a woman, is empowering a whole nation. 

"We have had notable women who were either appointed or elected to head different offices and they all distinguished themselves in their various endeavors.

"NAWOJ Ebonyi, however, commends the governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, for running a government where women are given prominent positions in the state.

"He is the only governor that has the highest number of women in his state executive council.

"The only governor that has a woman as the Chairman, Association of local Government of Nigeria, (ALGON).

"He has given women a voice in the state, as he has also empowered many.

"However, women deserve more, which is why we are calling on all gubernatorial candidates in various political parties in the state to give women the opportunity to contribute more to the development of Ebonyi State.

"In the light of the above, Nawoj urges other women organizations, and CSOs to lend their voices to this clarion call".

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