The Director General of Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS), Ilorin, Comrade Issa Aremu has appealed to the President Mohammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to break the barrier of women discrimination by supporting their bills in the National Assembly.
Aremu made the appeal on Tuesday while speaking at the 2022 International Women’s Day held at the institute.
Speaking on the theme: “Breaking the barrier of Women discrimination”, Aremu who said that Women issues are Human issues, noted that failure of Women to have good representation in government is a failure of the nation.
“If we leave women behind in the scheme of things, the country can never progress because women are part of the major components of the country.
“I’m appealing to President Buhari and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to support women in their quest for more representation in government because if the President and his Vice followed the bills to the National Assembly like their wives did, the bills would not have suffered a set back”, Aremu said.
He equally called on the governors and the legislators at all levels to support the cause of women in their bid to have more representation in government at all levels.
Aremu also told women to enlist the support of men in achieving their aims, advising that “Women should know that they require solidarity and cooperation and not competition from men to have their way because when women fail, all of us have failed.
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in his message congratulated women worldwide on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, commending their grit, resilience, and commitment to a world that works for all.
“Whether as a girl child, wife or mother, a woman is acknowledged for being hard working, kind, resilient, supportive, and generally committed to efforts to build a society that is conducive for all,” the Governor said in a statement commemorating the International Women’s Day.
Reputed for his leading role in mainstreaming gender inclusion in government, AbdulRazaq said in a statement signed by Rafiu Ajakaye, his Chief Press Secretary, that the IWD again offers a platform to clamour for improved participation of women in the decision making process for a balanced society.
“I believe wholeheartedly that for us to design a world that works for everyone, women must be in the room and be part of the process. Women are half of humanity and there is no basis for shutting the door against them,” he added.
The Governor called for more policies and programmes that improve the welfare of women and save them from harassment or deprivations of any kind.
Ajakaye said that the statement comes as Kwara is set to officially domesticate the State Action Plan (SAP) on the National Policy on Women, Peace and Security which calls for improved inclusion of women in peace building processes.
Edited by Felix Ajide