Group advocates increased women participation in governance

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By Collins Yakubu-Hammer

The Kogi Professional Women for Ododo/Joel 2023 Project has called on women in the country to participate actively in governance and politics for the development of democracy in the country.

The convener of the group, Mrs Raliat Abdulsalam, made the call during a news conference in Abuja to endorse Alhaji Ododo Usman for the governorship election in Kogi.

Raliat, while calling on women in Kogi to come out en mass and vote for Ododo during the Nov. 11 elections, also pledged the group’s support in ensuring his victory.

According to her, the group’s efforts on the grassroots mobilisation and other positive strategies could not be overemphasised as all plans had been put in place to enable Ododo’s victory at the poll.

“Also I want to call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all security agencies that will participate in the elections to be free and fair, for democracy to thrive in the state.

“I also call on the youth in the state to shun any form of violence.

They should not allow themselves to be used as thugs by politicians to cause any electoral malpractice during the elections,” she advised.

The convener commended Gov. Yahaya Bello for his excellent performance in the areas of women empowerment and inclusion in governance for the development of democracy and gender equality in the state.

She also applauded Bello in the area of security, infrastructural development, health, education and human resources development.

Raliat reiterated that the Professional Women for Ododo/Joel 2023 had promised to do more positively at the grassroots for the project to record victory on Nov. 11. (NAN) (

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Edited by Idris Abdulrahman

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