NFD Embarks on 500 March Against Non- Inclusiveness  of Women In Nigeria Leadership

Sitting from left FRSC Deputy Corp Commander, Ann Oladayo-Odeleye, the host, Dr. Archibong Esq. , Barr. Chinyere Obi- Obasi and, Dr. Maureen Umenne.

Five hundred of people have taken to the streets in Abuja to demonstrate against non-participatory tangible numbers of Women in Nigeria leadership positions. It is one of the projects hosted by Nigeria For Democracy (NFD) under the Chairmanship of Dr. A. M Archibong Esq.

NFD Next Leaders 500 Women March Abuja17th July, 2019Dr. Asukwo Mendie ArchibongArise TV

Posted by Nigeriafordemocracy on Thursday, June 20, 2019

Dr. Archibong broadcast with Arise TV

The theme ; NFD Next Leaders: 500 Women March was held at Merit House Maitama, Abuja on 17th July 2019, organised and hosted by the NFD National Chairman, Dr. A.M Archibong Esq. It was attended by representatives from all of the main political parties, women organisations, and successful women leaders.

Dr. Archibong in a hand shake with FRSC Deputy Corp Commander, Ann Oladayo-Odeleye

Just over 100 years on, Nigeria is still a long way from achieving gender equality in society, in the workplace and in the economy. The question is, “why is it taking so long for women to belong equally and what’s the way forward? The question the event seemed to ask, provides answers and bring it to the public discourse that even with all the progress we’ve made for equality in so many important ways, women are still severely underrepresented in business leadership and political positions.

Dr. Archibong during his opening messages tasked Nigerians to appropriate 35% quota leadership positions for Women in public, private and political offices, that in reality women in leadership not only can bring important benefits, but that they are an absolutely invaluable and irreplaceable resource in the office, in the boardroom, on the Senate floor, at the podium, and at the head of the table.

FRSC Deputy Corp Commander, Ann Oladayo-Odeleye being interviewed by team of pressmen after the event.

“We as Nigerians should set aside 35% of private, public, and political office positions for women, and we should ensure that women are in the pipeline to leadership”, he said.

He charged all concerned especially those in top political structures to stop clandestine activities but emulate what he did as National Chairman of NFD during the last elections, where he made INEC Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms free for women as ways to
break the financial ceilings  holding thrm to contest in elections.

Presenting her papers on how women can have successfully career inside military and paramilitary professions,
Deputy Corp Commander
Federal Road Safety Corp,  Ann Oladayo-Odeleye, gave examples of Women who have risen to the top of cadres and how they achieved it. She advised women to give either paramilitary or military a career trial and experienced how with spirit of zeal, dedication and hardworks will propel and soar like her and achieved career success in life.

One of the guest speaker, Dr. Maureen Umenne from health sector, spoke about how to handle female health needs and how to take care of oneself healthwise as a woman. She indicated that women should go for regular check ups and know their body.

Similarly, in her own presentation, Barrister Chinyere Obi-Obasi took the participants down the lane on how to balance career and family.

Obi-Obasi, addressing women participants, says, ” As a woman your career should not just suffer simply because you are a wife. You can be a wife and still pursue a career. The only thing there,  is to find a balance so none of each suffers.

She called on husbands to ensure that needed supports are given to their wives to enable them succeed in their chosen endeavours.

The set objectives of the program are to create a sort of signage that will open doors for women to participate in the Private Sector, Public Sector, and the Political processes in Nigeria; and, ensures women have a voice on issues that affect every one of them, especially issues that specifically affect them; and,
generally, bring more women into leadership positions in Nigeria.

The participants were given opportunity to ask bothering questions, and answers were provided by each of the three guest speakers after each paper presentations, respectively.

Pamela Ogwata Reports

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