February 25, 2024

Yiaga Africa pledges support for female lawmakers

Yiaga Africa

By Cynthia Alo

As part of its mandate to entrench good governance across the board, Yiaga Africa has pledged  support for every female lawmaker in the 10th National Assembly and at the state level, to enable them to deliver on their mandates.

In a goodwill message delivered at a town hall meeting in Lagos, organized by the Member representing Kosofe Federal Constituency, Kafilat Ogbara, aimed at sharing insights, cross-pollination of ideas, and suggestions, the Program Manager at Yiaga Africa, Centre for Legislative Engagement -CLE, Yetunde Bakare, said the organisation was proud to provide support in partnership with the EU as part of the implementation of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria Project.

She said: “This forum is a testament to our unwavering support for participatory democracy. The people’s voices matter, and your concerns will be heard. These conversations will not end here; we will follow up to ensure that what was said today is implemented where applicable.

“For us at Yiaga and with our partners, we are particularly focused on increasing the proportion of traditionally marginalized groups in governance, such as women, young people, and persons with disabilities. This is why we are supporting honorable Ogbara and the other women legislators to excel in office.”

Interacting with her constituents, the member representing Kosofe Federal Constituency, Kafilat Ogbara, called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency on drug abuse and unemployment devastating young people in the country.

The lawmaker, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development, assured her people that she would deliver all her campaign promises and make her name a memorable one.

In the spirit of inclusivity, Ogbara pledged N200,000 for each person with special needs (people living with disabilities) in Kosofe Federal Constituency as proof of showing them love and a sense of belonging.

“If drug abuse and unemployment are addressed, the crime rate would be reduced by 50 percent. I have moved six motions, sponsored six bills, and will do more. I’m collaborating with the United States, UAE, Tanzania, and other foreign countries to bring ideas aimed at bettering the lives of our people,” she said.

She urged the people to be steadfast, determined, and persevere even in the face of Nigeria’s unprecedented economic quandary as she continues empowerment and skills acquisition programs for women and youth, as well as other projects targeted to make the people economically independent and boost social and environmental development.

A constituent who spoke anonymously implored her representative to always find out what they need exactly and deliver the same through persons of integrity.

“She should always ask us what we need and work with people with a proven track record of integrity. We appreciate her and will always support her,” she assured.

Sponsored by Yiaga Africa and the European Union, among others such as UAC Foods, the meeting saw the presence of top government officials who came to reassure the people of their commitment to ameliorating their plight.