Gender Bill: You’re Embarrassment To Womanhood, Wike Blasts NASS

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that the rejection of the five gender bills by the National Assembly was a huge embarrassment to the womenfolk and a serious setback to Nigeria’s democratic progress.

Governor Wike who wondered about the kind of humanity that the leadership of APC and its members have to deny women desirable roles in politics condemned that National Assembly during the inauguration of Ahoada -Odiemerenyi -Ihugbogo -Odieke Road project in Ahoada-East Local Government Area on Friday.

In a statement signed by Kelvin Ebiri, Governor’s media aide and made available to newsmen. Wike said women, including the wife of the President and Vice President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari and Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo,  had approached, lobbied and secured the promise from members of the National Assembly for affirmative action for them.

“Look at what happened in the National Assembly. I watched it and I laughed when I saw our wives, and women disgraced. It has never happened anywhere. I saw wives of the president and vice president go to the plenary sessions of the National Assembly to lobby them, to please help them.

“They (National Assembly) promised them. The party (APC) promised them. The same party that promised them failed them,” Wike fumed.

Governor Wike said such things would not be allowed to happen in progressive societies that have continued to harness the potential of women in the advancement of their countries.

He blamed the rejection of the bills on President Muhammadu Buhari’s lack of interest in allowing for affirmative action for women in political administration in the country.

The Governor said that “APC controls the National Assembly. If Mr. President was in support of this, there is no way they will disgrace women in the National Assembly. Such shameful thing.”

Governor Wike said the situation in Rivers State was different because women are an integral part of the process of political administration.

He explained that there are 23 female vice chairmen of local governments in Rivers State, and at least five female councilors in each local government area. According to him, this is a result of deliberate policy implemented by the Peoples Democratic Party leadership in the state.

Speaking further, Governor Wike said he has used politics and governance to better the socio-economic conditions of communities and made the people happy.

Rivers State governor said sustaining national development and providing a thriving economy for Nigerians was not difficult to attain across the country.

He said lack of passion in leadership to improve the life of the people, and the tendency of the APC to inflict pains on Nigerians, inadvertently, create the impression that governance was difficult.

He said what is important to him in governance is to solve the societal problems and to see to it that the people are happy because of the improved social services that include development projects, delivered to them.

“There is nothing difficult in Nigeria. It is just because they want to punish the people. When people talk about Nigeria is lacking this, Nigeria is lacking that, I say it is because of the leadership.

“There is no passion for this country. They (APC) are not committed to the development of this country,” Wike regretted.

Performing the inauguration of the 10.2km long road Ahoada -Odiemerenyi-Ihugbogo-Odieke Road project, former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi said Rivers State has a truly difficult terrain, and it takes courage and love to invest in such development endeavour to better life of rural dwellers.

Makarfi opined that it was imperative for the PDP to take over power at the national level so that Nigerians will enjoy passionate leadership that is committed to their welfare.

Senator Makarfi, however, sued for greater unity in the PDP and undivided focus towards a return to power at the national level to reverse the failure of the APC.

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