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Women in Politics Susceptible to Danger, Attacks, says Rep Member

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By Rebecca Akinkanju

A member of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Tolu Akande-Sadipe on Tuesday regretted that women in politics are susceptible to danger and vicious attacks during electioneering.

Akande-Sadipe, the chairman, house committee on Diaspora said the development deters willing and qualified women from participating in Nigeria’s electoral process.

The lawmaker from Oluyole constituency at the multimillion naira empowerment programme; commissioning of a constituency office and town hall meeting, recalled how she was attacked during the recently concluded 2019 elections.

“The participation of women in Nigeria politics is very low and poor. Women are known to nurturing but unfortunately in Nigeria we have stereotype bias against women going into politics. Likewise, there is no proper funding and they are equally facing severe act of violence.

“I was attacked during my campaign but I thank God that I’m still alive today. I hope, there would be massive participation of women in politics in absence of these problems.

“We, women must unite to make the rate of women participation in Nigeria go higher than of men.

“In the same vein, in terms of empowerment, “People should be given technical exposure and support to be able to start up business to boost their income.”

Speaking on insecurity in Nigeria, “my recommendation is that, all communities should come together and come up with a practical strategy because they understand their community better.

“Government itself should create the enabling environment for the establishment of state police.”

The state secretary of APC, Alhaji Mojeed Olaoya, said, “Tolulope Akande-Sadipe can be described as an ‘ark of covenant’ in the Nigerian politics because we haven’t had a female as federal honorable in the history of Oluyole Local Government politics either in our party or other parties.

“Tolu has really tried for it’s not up to two months she was sworn-in that she have started embarking on this great projects,” Olaoya added.

 

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