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Market women pledge support for Jonathan’s re-election


ABUJA – Chief Felicia Sani, the President, Association of Market Women and Men, has pledged the association’s support towards the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general elections.
Sani, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, said that the association pitched its tent with the re-election of Jonathan because his administration had done things in the country worthy of commendation.
“President Goodluck Jonathan has tried and it is good for us to commend him; you do not expect everything to change overnight, change takes time and we must give him the benefit of doubt.
“Nigeria is 100 years old and things have improved in this country; our roads have improved; power has improved; the agriculture sector has improved and even the aviation sector.”
She also commended the administration for properly managing the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak following which the World Health Organisation certified Nigeria free of the disease.
Sani said that the Jonathan administration had kept its promise of allocating 35 per cent of appointments to women in governance.
“Have you ever heard of a female finance minister or petroleum minister in Nigeria before Goodluck’s time? It had never happened.
“See what Stella Oduah did in the aviation sector; though she was removed from office. it was clear to everyone that she worked.’’
Sani said that market women now had access to loans from microfinance banks to enable them to run their businesses effectively.
“Market women and men are conscious of all these administration’s contributions to our development and we are comfortable with him and we will support him during the elections.
“Some people think he gives us bribe but they do not know that members of our association even contributed N50 each as our contribution towards his re-election.‎
“ We would contribute to his re-election and turn out en masse to vote for him. We believe he has what it takes to move this nation forward.’’
Sani said that Jonathan had delivered on his manifesto and he would be held accountable, adding that there were always avenues to express dissatisfaction with his administration.
She called on Nigerians to work together to ensure the peace and unity of the country instead of working against one another.
Sani expressed the hope that the war against insurgency would soon come to an end and that Nigeria would experience peace again. (NAN)

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