The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Onofiok Luke has admonished women to intensify advocacies around gender equity and more women participation in politics before decisions or legislations are made.
Luke was speaking on the topic “Advancing Society: The National Assembly as a Friend or Foe?” as a panelist at the Nigerian Bar Association Women Forum- International Women’s Day Conference 2022 held in Lagos on Thursday 31 March 2022.
The Lawmaker recounted how the clamour and engagement for women to be given more opportunity in the political space gained more momentum after majority lawmakers had voted against the Bill in the National Assembly, explaining that he was of the belief that if the same energy had been put into it before the National Assembly decided on the bill, the case could have been different.
Recall that on 1st March 2022, Nigeria’s 9th National Assembly which consists of 95.9 percent men voted against greater participation of women in public governance, leadership in political parties, citizenship rights, etc.
The panel discussion also featured Bukola Ochei as coordinator, Kunle Lawal, Executive Director, Electoral College Nigeria, Dr. Foluke Dada, Partner, Lords & Temple, Prof. Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile (SJD Harvard), Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University and Mr. Mahmud Yusuf, NULAI Program Manager, Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI) Nigeria.
The conference which had the theme: THE “INVISIBLE HAND” OF GENDER BIAS: CHAMPIONING COLLECTIVE CHANGE saw the Keynote Address presented by His Royal Highness Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (Muhammad Sanusi II),Former Governor Central Bank of Nigeria and 14th Emir of Kano.
Also in attendance were Professor Oluyemisi Bamgbose, SAN, Chairperson, Nigerian Bar Association Women Forum, Olumide A. Akpata, President, Nigerian Bar Association , Dr. Ibijoke Sanwolu, First Lady Lagos State ,Anna Ishaku – First Lady Taraba State, Chioma Uzodinma, First lady of Imo State , Noimot Salako-Oyedele, Deputy Governor, Ogun State.
Etinan/ Nsit Ibom/ Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency.