Use your vote for good governance, NOA advises women

By Mary Okoh
Enugu

Women have been urged to use their vote to elect credible leaders that could deliver good governance in Nigeria.

The Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Enugu State, Isaac Onukwube, made the appeal during the voter pre-election dialogue tagged, “Towards credible 2019 elections” organized by South Sahara Social Development Organization (SSDO) in conjunction with Independent National Electoral Commission and NOA in Enugu on Wednesday.
Onukwube, who described women as catalyst for change in electoral process, cautioned them against receiving money and gift from politicians who cannot deliver dividends of democracy to the people.
“Only the women can make active change in Nigeria because we have greater percentage of women participation during election. So you must vote for credible and visionary leader that will transform the state and country.
“Women need to get to the forefront of electoral process and desist from being at the background because women suffer most when we have bad governance; hence, the need not to collect money or gift from politicians but vote based on your conscience for leaders that will transform the country.
“We must all join hands together to make good choices and decisions in 2019 because it’s only when we participate and get involved that we will enjoy good governance,” he said.
The NOA director also urged women to educate their children against involving in political thuggery, noting, “we must educate our children on the consequences of getting involved in political thuggery to avoid being killed as a result of pre or post-election violence because if such incident happens, the women will suffer the loss; so our children must not be allowed to involve in politics thuggery.
In his address, the Resident Electoral Commisioner of (INEC), Dr Emeka Ononamadu, lamented the inability of the women to collect their PVCs, saying, “During the last voters registration exercise women registered more than men but I am sad because more men have collected their PVCs than women. Between April 2017 and November 2018, we have 84,150 that have come for their PVC while we have 78,339 women that collected their PVC. The uncollected PVCs we have are more than that of men,” he said.
He called for active participation of women in electoral process, noting, “Our women get their franchise before the American women but if you look at where American women are now in politics and look at where our women are, you will see that it’s is not encouraging.
He encouraged women to come out and vote in 2019.
“You must not disfranchise yourself during election because it affects our election because your vote is your right and no duty or responsibility is bigger than your vote. We can only achieve credible election, when 80% of women come out and vote,” he said.

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