OrderPaperToday – Nigerian Women have been admonished not to lose hope in their demands, despite the failure of the gender bills during the consideration of amendments to the 1999 Constitution.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan gave the admonition on Thursday in Agasa, Kogi while speaking at the commissioning of a 600-capacity Computer Based Test (JAMB CBT) Centre for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.
Lawan, who made a case for girl-child education, charged the women to continue to lobby for gender-related bills.
“I know somebody will say gender bills have failed in the National Assembly. That is democracy. Let’s continue to lobby. We should continue to lobby because nobody will like to undermine anybody. Let’s not lose hope.
Every male member in the National Assembly is a ‘He for She,’ because I don’t think there is anybody who is not married in the National Assembly.
“We will continue to work together with gender-based organisations especially those that genuinely want to engage with members of the National Assembly because if you are not able to get something, if there is a failure, we should make it a political capital that tomorrow, we say, you were not able to do it yesterday, can you do it today?
That will help us in ensuring that we get some of these hurdles out of the way.
“Most of us have our daughters as well. So we know that everybody is one way or the other connected to this struggle but we should not lose hope,” Lawan said.
The JAMB CBT was facilitated by Senator Yakubu Oseni representing Kogi Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly (NASS).
Meanwhile, #BreakTheBias protest by women group, demanding the passage of the gender bills that suffered setbacks, occupied NASS for two weeks now.