Wife of Nigerian President Dame Patience Jonathan has said that the inclusion of women in National development should be given priority as Gender inequalities in governance reduces the productivity of the next generation.
Dame patience Jonathan said this during the National Forum on Main streaming Gender in governance organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the National centre for women Development in Abuja.
The first Lady said women participation in Nation building and national development is not only desirable but critical for meaningful development as women over time have proved themselves to be good managers and effective builders. He therefore used the medium to appeal to law makers to include the 35 percent women representation in elective and political position in The Nigerian Constitution.
The Minister of culture Tourism and national orientation who was the chief host at the event said the Theme of the forum which is “Do the Right Thing: Mainstream Gender in Governance for National transformation” is timely as the need for women involvement in nation building cannot be over emphasised.
Chairman of the Forum John Cardinal Olorunfemi Onaiyekan urged both Men and women in governance to work together in order to sustain the steady development being experienced in the country today emphasising that there can be no development in Chaos.
While delivering his speech, The Director General of the National Orientation Agency Mike Omeri said The Forum is part of the Agency’s civic duties aimed at deepening public understanding of gender inclusion in the process of governance and raising political awareness to enhance better policy formulation and delivery of programmes and activities of government for national transformation. He therefore noted that Gender main streaming has become a cordial aspect of the transformation agenda and the development of our nation under the Direction of President Goodluck Jonathan.
On her part, The Director General National Centre for Women affairs Onyeka Onwenu urged women not to see themselves as second class citizen whose role is in the kitchen, stand firm to the realities of modern day politics and vie for any position in the country. She therefore called on the Men to see women as partners in progress rather than competitors.
Highpoint was the Official Launching of FAKAEDU (FAKA EDUCATION) for public use.
Fakaedu a software game named after the first was developed to promote child and maternal Well-being in the Family by a staff of The NOA Edward Samuel.
The event was well attended by traditional rulers, women Based NGOs captain of industries.