By Caleb Ayansina
THE Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, Dr Sarah Jibril, has called on state government and political parties in the country to emulate Jonathan’s administration on 35 percent affirmative action for women in public offices.
Mrs Jibril made the call during a public presentation of a book ‘President’s Diary: Nigeria’s ethical Revolution’, organised by the Initiative for Advancement of Ethical Standard, in Abuja, while expressing confidence that if women were given chance to lead it would fast rack country’s developmental process.
She maintained that Nigeria was signatory to the United Nations affirmative action, but it was unfortunate that this was only fulfilled by the Executive at the Federal level.
The SA explained that unlike other countries with more women on the floor of their parliaments, Nigeria instead of increasing on the number of women parliamentarians is decreasing.
To realise this, she challenged political parties to give women more opportunities, in addition to some incentives given to them to vie for parliamentary position right from the councillorship to the national level.
The keynote Speaker, Prof Adekunle Akinyemi from Coppin state University Baltimore, Maryland USA, said all Nigerians irrespective of gender must get involved in the ethical revolution currently going on in the country.
According to him, “all eyes are on this great country-Nigeria that has the largest population of black men and women on the surface of the earth, apart from having the greatest economy in Africa. We cannot afford to disappoint the rest of the World, who believe that our country has a central place in the global social order and in the needed re- engineering that would accentuate peace, harmony and meaningful world growth and development.”
Also speaking, the President of Initiative for Advancement of Ethical Standard, Mr Olajide Akinroluyo said the book was to bring out to the limelight, a lot of things that had been done by the administration in the area of Ethics and values.
He said; “We are in line with the transformation agenda of the Mr. President in the area of Ethics and Values.”