Participants at the seminar
By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi
Bauchi State chapter of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has tasked Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to scout for credible and qualified female political activists ahead of the 2023 general elections in a bid to check the domination of the political space by men.
Chairperson of the Council, Barr. Shafau Ladan Yusuf made the plea in Bauchi over the weekend as part of activities lined up for the 2021 international Women’s Day Celebration organized by Fahimta Women And Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI).
Shafa’u Ladan attributed the defeat of women political office seekers to wrong choice of candidates and the emergence of unqualified female aspirants during party primaries for the woeful performance of most ambitious women politicians.
She said that, “If a female aspirant is truly qualified, why must a political party buy form for her? You should know that this trick will lead to the emergence of the least qualified female candidates who normally enjoy the support of party officials as against a woman of integrity, so watch out” .
In a remark, the Director General of the SDGs office in Bauchi, Dr Esther Ahmed implored CSOs in the state to assist in mobilizing support and funds for women seeking leadership positions in the state.
Esther Ahmed said that this has become necessary, “because already, our male counterparts are always financially buoyant and will continue to gain support in our traditional setting”.
She however stressed the need for women to hammer more on equality as against equality which had not yielded much Positive result over the years noting that, “with equality,we are sure that justice will prevail and we will enjoy fairness in the way we are treated”.
Earlier, the Executive Director of Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative, Hajia Maryam Garba commended Governor Bala Mohammed’s administration for appointing women to head key agencies of government, hoping that such initiative would be replicated at the local government level where key positions have been dominated by men.