GENDER MYTH OF GOVERNANCE

For a region to habitate a class of men with weak vision, and insight concerning the role of women; still limiting them to just child birthing responsibility and the kitchen; is a sign that men who hold unto such opinions lack wisdom and compromise standard which is of course unhealthy to every nation.

The importance of women in existence cannot be over emphasised, ultimately is the responsibility of continuous birthing a nation in which we are all product of.

Relative to women participation in governance, it is necessary when a careful analysis of data presented by the Independent National Electoral Commission is examined. In 1999, women recorded only 3% representation in contested offices. In 2003, the figure rose to 4% followed by a further improvement to 6% in 2007. However, from 1999 to date, no woman has been elected the Governor of a state in Nigeria. Whilst some women contested and won elections into the Houses of Assembly of some States, the level of representation is still very low. In 2003, there was no female member of the Houses of Assemblies in Adamawa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Oyo, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara States. This list is instructive because it shows that virtually all geo-political zones in the country are represented. With regards to the 2011 elections, the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), utilizing data provided by INEC has come up with informative analysis regarding the representation of women in politics in Nigeria.

No nation can strive onward without a deliberate character of adopting the system of inclusive governance. Women and youth must be given a chance to hold significant offices in the country. The Governing authority must keep political and religious bigotry aside and be deliberate about Nigerians progress. And it does no matter who will head the affairs of the country.

Gender is not the true measure of competence, and delivery capacity.

Jedida Musa

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