Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on Monday commended the decision of the Supreme Court, which affirmed the election of Darius Ishaku as the Governor of Taraba State.
This is even as Senator Stella Oduah has called on Nigerian women to aspire for leadership positions to enable them participate actively in decision making.
Reacting to the apex Court’s decision, Ekweremadu said that the judgment conformed with the precedents of the Supreme Court on the nomination of candidates by political parties.
“I want to congratulate my brother, Ishaku on this well deserved victory and commend the Supreme Court for standing solidly on the side of truth and for preserving the sanctity of the ballot box. One can say that in the apex Court, the people’s mandate has found refuge, once again.
“Importantly, the judgment is in line with the Supreme Court’s established precedents, including the recent cases of Zamfara and Benue states. I, therefore, commend their lordships for their consistency, and also for adjudicating without fear or favour. I call on all parties to accept the verdict in good faith,” he said in a statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media), Mr. Uche Anichukwu.
Ekweremadu said that he was confident that Ishaku would continue to reciprocate the immense goodwill and trust reposed in him and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the masses of Taraba by providing quality and selfless governance that would take development to every nook and cranny of the State.
In a different development, Oduah has urged the Nigerian women to work towards the sustainability of women development and improved governance.
To this effect, Oduah called on the women to aspire for leadership positions to enable them participate actively in making decisions that will improve the conditions of women and the nation.
Speaking during the 2016 Budget defence presentation by the Ministry and the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Women Affairs called on women in leadership positions to carry others along.
“It is indeed necessary to incorporate women into governance at all levels. We need to get women involved.
“We need women at the mainstream sectors. We need to ensure that women feel part of this entity called Nigeria, and if we are to neglect that, the nation as a whole could be handicapped in that very respect because women have innate requisite skills to move the nation forward.
“Sincerely, I believe that we should move beyond the stage of empowering women to where women should empower the society. I want all the women in leadership to know that it is our responsibility to unlock women potentials because in no time, women will be our country’s saviour and this is nothing but fact,” she stated
While addressing the Director General of the NCWD, Onyeka Onwenu, Oduah reiterated the need to make the programmes and trainings all-embracing in practice by including girls/ women in the rural areas so that they also could benefit fully and be empowered.
“The schemes used in the Women Training Centres (WTCs) should be improved on while exploring other possible means through which the women/girl-child would not just be trained, but will also be effectively empowered.
“I welcome the plans and projections of the NCWD, which is quite practical and value-intensive such that, if properly executed will help achieve a lot for women,” Oduah added.
Onwenu briefed the Committee on various strategies, plans and programmes that are targeted at improving the lots of women and the girl-child, and called for the involvement of Ministry of Women Department.
She decried the neglects and sufferings that women are going through in Nigeria due to lack of basic education, self-awareness, basic business/partisan skills, especially in the rural areas and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.
“Considering the IDPs and the number of orphans that are there, there is no ministry that can take care of them than the Women Affairs. Women are mothers; we are nurturing in nature. So, we are supposed to take care of that,” Onwenu said
In her remarks, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, resolved to improve the cause of the Nigerian women and the girl-child by advocating for more funds and recovering missing ones.
Tinubu added that the N123 million appropriated will not be enough to tackle the challenges and programmes that will alleviate the conditions of Nigerian women.