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Affirmative action: Network of Disabled Women demands 5% of 35%

Chairperson of Network of Disabled Women (NDW), Lois Auta has challenged the womenfolk to spare just 5% of the 35% of the affirmative action for women with disabilities.
This she said is flowing from the fact that a National Gender Policy has been formulated to promote a 35 percent affirmative action for women – a policy that demands 35 percent involvement of women in all governance processes.
The national Gender Policy (NGP) has formulated a 35% Affirmative Action (AA) in Nigeria since 2006.
Auta said women with disabilities being part and parcel of the womenfolk are demanding just for 5% out of the 35%.
She spoke Saturday at a two Day National Consultation centered on the discourse; Young Women in Governance and Young Women with Disabilities as enshrined in the 1999 constitution and the proposed women fair representation in elective and appointive positions bill 2020.
According to her, “It is estimated that 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability and that prevalence is higher among women, as about 1 in 5 women 18 years and older live with one.
“The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which includes gender equality as one of its general principles, recognizes ‘that disability is an evolving concept and that disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.
“In 2019, women still represented a small minority of elected representatives and political decision-makers everywhere. Worldwide, only 24.3% of parliamentarians, 6.6% of heads of state, and 5.2% of heads of government are women. Data on political participation of women with disabilities is scarce.”
She said the limited available data shows an “extremely low” participation and representation of women with disabilities in political leadership roles.
  “The representation of women from organizations of persons with disabilities tends also to be low in national coordination mechanisms on disability matters” and that their representation “in national machinery for gender equality is even lower.
She concluded that, in Nigeria, women with disabilities participation in politics is at zero level. “We need to do more to achieve disability inclusion in the political sphere.”
On whether she is satisfied with the current effort of Government in carrying along people with disabilities she responded in the negative but however pointed out that where they were 10 years ago is not where they are right now.
“We are making progress. Now we have Nigeria disability act, and we also have the National Disability commission if these two very important aspects are well implemented I believe by the year 2030 according the thematic areas in sustainable development goals we will achieve a lot.
“So we want to see inclusion, the full participation of women and women with disabilities in the political spheres in Nigeria.”

She said she ran for the House of Representatives election in the 2019 election Amac/Bwari Federal constituency, adding that though she lost but she won the process under Accord Party.
“My take home is I ran for office and the perception is being changed that person’s with disabilities can run for an election and they can win.

“Another point is I ran for office because I wanted to challenge the narrative, I want to see person’s with disabilities on the ballot paper, not just on the ballot paper but in various elective positions.”
She said, she will run again and she promised to mainstream into one of the major political parties where the chances are brighter.



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The People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Congress for the north west zone in Kaduna has ended in a disorderly manner after supporters of major contenders clashed.


The disorderly atmosphere led to destruction of ballot boxes by thugs of opposing camps

The major contenders for the position of National Vice Chairman for north west zone include Senator Bello Hayatudeen Gwarzo, Aminu Wali and a preferred candidate of former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

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Harvest of defectors as Prof Jerry Gana, Humphrey Abah others, join PDP

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Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, former minister of State for interior, Humphrey Abah and other top political leaders on Saturday joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The decampees were received at the North Central Zonal Congress of the party taking place in Makurdi, Benue State.
Others who joined the opposition party were Ambassador Mrs Esther Audu and Hon Adakole Ijogi.
The defectors were received into the PDP by leader of the party in the North Central Zone, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

Professor Jerry Gana who spoke on behalf of the defectors said PDP will reclaim power in all the states of the North Central Zone currently being ruled by the APC and Nigeria at large.

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Jerry Gana, Part of Nigeria’s Problem Says Niger Amalgamated Youths Societies

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Jerry Gana, Part of Nigeria’s Problem Says Niger Amalgamated Youths Societies

From John Adams, Minna

Former information Minister Professor Jerry Gana was on friday described by the Amalgamated Youth Societies of Niger state as being part of the problem facing Niger state and Nigeria.

The Youths in a statement made available to newsmen in Minna claimed that for the years Professor Gana was in power “there is nothing he can show as his contribution to the socio economic and physical development of our state.

“It is sad enough that the former Minister who held juicy political positions in the regime of former military President General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida rtd has not even been able to float a foundation which will assist the needy neither has he been able to give even one scholarship to a nigerlite in all the years he held public office.

“How can such a person complain about lack of development in his state or lack of governance/government when in all the years he was in government he did not do anything to better the life of his people” the Amalgamated Youths said in the statement signed by it’s President Ndako Mohammed

“This state has done a lot for Jerry Gana what has he given back to the state, what has he done for the country that made him a Minister and National Orientation Agency boss apart from speaking big big English” Mohammed said.

In apparent reference to the remarks by Professor Gana at his reuniting with the PDP where he said ” There is no governance in Niger state, there is no governance in Nigeria” the youths said Professor Gana was part of the PDP for 16 years during which the economy of the country was bastardised and corruption was the order of the day

“The effect of the maladministration of the PDP for 16 years is what we are facing as a country today” the Youths said.

According to the statement Professor Gana with his defection from the Social Democratic Party where he contested and lost the presidential ticket of the party just three years ago has also shown him as “an unstable and unprincipled politician who jumps from one political party to the other because of bread and butter”.

The Youths told Professor Gana that Niger state has been in good hands since the APC under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello started in 2015 adding that the administration has been “righting the wrongs the PDP government of which he was a part of committed in the state”, adding that the Minna- Bida road is now under construction, several roads hitterto abandoned in Minna are being constructed.

People in most towns and villages in the state now have access to potable water the hospitals are no longer mere consulting clinics, civil servants are receiving their entitlements as at when due contrary to what obtained when the PDP was in power in the state the Youth said in the statement.
Professor Gana had while reuniting with the PDP last Wednesday at his Busu countryhome had berated the state and federal government for lack of performance saying the country ” is nosediving”

According to Professor Gana “today (Wednesday) is not a day for lecture, it is not a day for campaigns, we just want to rejoice that we are back together solidly; and we are going to work together solidly, that we are going to work together effectively, that we are going to campaign powerfully

“I tell you, we are going to go round strategically, in such a way that the All Progressives Congress Party (APC) so called government, whether in Niger state; is there a Government in Niger state? Because many people are not aware, or at the Centre? At the federal level, we don’t even have a Government

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