By Ahmed Ubandoma
Abuja, Jan. 18, 2022
First lady, Aisha Buhari, has urged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to redouble its efforts in promoting women participation to address barriers to their involvement in the political process.
Buhari was speaking on Tuesday at the maiden edition of APC National Women Conference with the theme, “One Voice: Women Uniting for Progress’’ in Abuja.
“Nigeria`s future is entirely dependent on actualising the potential of our women.’’
She therefore called on the party to redouble its efforts toward promoting women and evolve strategies for getting them fully involved.
“As Nigeria heads towards another election year, we must go beyond paying lip service to women interest in the party and government.
“We must put in place workable strategies to ensure that women achieve these objectives.
“APC must show example by ensuring that women occupy strategic positions within the party and in government,’’ she said.
The first lady therefore urged Nigerian women to be resilient by showing greater interest, unity and commitment to achieve the objectives considering their numerical strength.
“Our vintage point lies in our sheer numerical strength,’’ she said.
The First Lady, at the programme, also unveiled a mobile application for the APC Progressives Women Academy.
Mrs. Buhari expressed optimism that the Academy will assist in providing requisite knowledge for women to thrive in their chosen careers.
“To all leaders and members of our great party, the APC, this is a landmark achievement.
“This will go down in history as a major turning point in our efforts to establish APC as a unique party with utmost dedication to the empowerment of women in Nigeria’’ she said.
Stella Okotete, a member of the APC Convention Planning Committee, said the party had created the young progressive women academy with the aim of empowering 20 million women across the country.
“The vision of the APC’s Progressives Women Academy is to train 20 million women across Nigeria and boost their careers, businesses and political ambitions,’’ she said