A gender based offshoot of Lions Clubs International, has urged political stakeholders in Nigeria to initiate deliberate policies and actions targeted towards ensuring equitable involvement of women in leadership circles.
Speaking under the aegis of New Voices of Lions Clubs International, the campaigners stressed that such steps should begin with a liberalized playground to attract greater participation of women in the political arena.
Wife of Cross River State Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade stated this in Calabar at a one-day symposium, attended by about 370 participants, floated by New Voices, Lions Clubs International District 404A2 Nigeria, seeking to redress gender based discrimination suffered by women and youths across the country
Mrs. Ayade who was represented at the event by her Special Adviser on Women Affairs, Prof. Getrude Nja expressed dismay over the negligible number of women in key political sphere noting that such anomaly must be addressed to tackle the prevailing economic and security woes bedeviling the country.
She lauded the Lions Clubs International for providing an enabling platform for grooming women and youths for leadership roles in the society stressing that the gesture has enhence the realization of their leadership potentials.
In their remarks, the District Governor of District 404A2 Nigeria, Lion Lynda Odu-Okpeseyi and the Marketing Nominee who also double as the Speaker of New Voices, Lion Nkese Eneyo, revealed that the body was conceive to mobilize collective actions against gender discrimination and inequality.
In his submission, Lion PCC Sam Ekpuk, the Area Leader for Area 8B enjoined the political class to explore the leadership skills of women in building a prosperous and virile nation.
Ekpuk advocated a systems process to equip the youths with needed capacity, intellect and knowledge to tackle the menace posed by illiteracy in order to build the country of our dreams.
He contended that humane and compassionate posture of the female gender is needed to enthrone a viable nation devoid of the current insecurity and hardship ravaging the country.
In her paper entitled “The role of Mothers in Building leadership in children”, Pastor Buchi Oyeniyi, the President of TWIM urged women to rise up to the natural way of instilling the right virtues in their children to guard against the upsurge in various activities perpetuated by youths
Also speaking, the state commissioner for Commence, Pastor Barrister RoseMary Archibong, appealed for financial access to women and youths to enable them become self-reliance.
Highpoints of the event featured presentation of awards to the wife of the governor, who is also the keynote speaker, chairman of Calabar South, Mrs. Esther Bassey, the President of CROWEI, Mrs. Lawrencia Ita, the General Manager of Cross River Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Maurice Inok, amongst others.