Lagos (Lagos State)- Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa on Friday urged Nigerian women to raise their level of participation in politics in order to contribute more to national development.
Ita-Giwa made the call at a Town Hall Meeting with Nigerian Women organised by Nigerian Women in Action, an NGO, in Lagos.
She said there was urgent need for average Nigerian woman to demonstrate those qualities inherent in her by ensuring that she was always at the right places and ensure that her voice was heard.
According to her, the Jonathan administration has provided a platform that encourages women to discover themselves and make their contributions to nation building.
“In the history of Nigeria, so far, the only president that has given our women the opportunity to participate in politics is Jonathan.
“He has done a lot to encourage the Nigerian woman to participate in politics and that is what we are advocating here today.
“Women must strive to put away any fear around them and come out boldly to fight for their rights and stand by it, if they intend to build a nation where all of us will be proud.‘’
Ita-Giwa, Convener of the meeting, said Jonathan had demonstrated his support for Nigerian women by giving them more sensitive positions.
According to her, there is therefore the need for women to come out en-masse and show their support for Jonathan come Feb.14, by voting for the PDP.
She called for total support for the party’s candidates, adding that “women must ensure that they vote wisely in order to ensure continuity and national development.’’
Some dignitaries present were Chief Olajumoke Akinjide, Minister of State for FCT; and former Deputy Governor Kofoworola Akerele-Bucknor of Lagos State.
Participants were drawn from National Association of Women Journalists; Women International Shipping and Trade Association; and Nigerian Women in Business and Politics, among others. (NAN)