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NAWOJ urges all political parties to promote inclusiveness and unity

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has urged all political parties and their candidates to promote inclusiveness and unity in Nigeria, as the nation prepares for the next general elections.

This was contained in a communiqué after its NEC meeting held in Asaba, Delta State recently, signed by National Secretary of the of the Association, Helen Udofa, while

the meeting was chaired by NAWOJ National President, Ladi Bala.

The Association also called on the Federal Government to ensure that the ASUU strike is called off in the shortest possible time, to hasten the resumption of academic activities in public tertiary institutions nationwide.

It also appealed to Federal Government to ensure the repairs and maintenance of all deplorable roads across the country, and urged it to, as a matter of urgent concern, address the issue of insecurity that has eaten deep into the fabric of the country, with a view to finding lasting solution to it.

The Association also decried the alarming rate of out-of-school children in Nigeria, which, according to UNICEF statistics, is well over 10 million children; and there is the need for urgent attention.

It equally demanded that, the National Gender Policy on 35 percent Affirmative Action should be implemented and encouraged women to get their PVCs and ensure they exercise their franchise rights during the 2023 general elections, while under-aged voting should be discouraged. 

NAWOJ also urged State Governments to ensure the domestication of the VAPP law, and also build and strengthen Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Reference Centres to handle SGBV-related cases and cater for the survivors. 

The NEC also observed the increasing cost of products and services in Nigeria and called on the Federal Government to urgently set up a mechanism to check the rate of inflation and high cost of living in the country.

It called on governments to strengthen the Primary Health Care system to check the rate of mother-and-infant mortality, and also commended political parties that picked women as running mates in the build up to the 2023 general elections.

The Communiqué Drafting Committee had the Chairperson of Lagos State NAWOJ, Adeola Ekine as Chairman; the National Trustee for Zone F, Peace Sinclair as Secretary and the Chairperson of Kwara State NAWOJ, Ayobola Olupinla as Member.

Signed: Helen Udofa, National Secretary.

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