FORMER Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has challenged Nigerian women to take advantage of their numerical strength and contest the presidency election.
Speaking at the launch of the book, A New Kind of Dance written by Amina Salihu yesterday in Abuja, Fayemi noted that women constitute the highest number of the voting population in the country
He added that it was unfortunate that three months to the 2015 presidential election, there is no woman in the race.
Fayemi who observed that Nigerian women had done a lot to justify their leading abilities, stressed the need for the Federal Government to adopt policies and programmes that will respond to the yearnings of the women in Nigeria.
He said: “We need to push forward the gender agenda, it is not enough to be quoting the voting population of women, it is what you do with that population that makes the difference, it is high time Nigeria got a woman in the presidential race. When you put women in charge of anything, you always get a better result. Women are not just the nurturers of a good society, they are also prepared to do things to the interest of the greater majority of our people. It is about policies and programmes that the Nigerian government adopt in the interest of accelerated development. About 51 per cent of our population are women and when you adopt policies that respond to the yearnings of the women, you will have an accelerated development.”
According to Fayemi, “We need to examine the extent patriarchy as an ideology allows them to function in a manner that would ensure that women feel the impact of having women in political positions, it is not just celebrating the positions women occupy, it is about what women do with the positions they occupy, how they improve the budgetary framework. For instance, what has the Minister of Finance done to ensure a gender-sensitive budget, what has the Minister of Petroleum done to ensure that there are more women in the petroleum sector . That was what we did in Ekiti by focusing on women health, women education and livelihood.”
Fayemi stressed the need to have committed and passionate people to change the nation and move it to the right direction.
Reviewing the book, former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Hajo Sanni observed that the dual status of the book was impressive having been written in both Hausa and the English language.