The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has assured that the national assembly is committed to greater women and youth involvement in public governance in Nigeria through creative legislative interventions.
Ovie Omo-Agege as he decried women participation in public governance in Sub-Saharan Africa which is presently below 24.7 percent.
Ovie Omo-Agege stated this while making a virtual presentation at a high-level conference on strengthening women and youth participation in the national assembly.
According to him, no country can ever maximize its potential without fully exploring and exploiting the energy in its youth population, adding that “There is the need to drive inclusion and inclusive governance in both the legislative and executive arms of government. This is a necessary step to achieving gender equality and full democratic governance.
“Because women represent more than half of the Nigeria population and the youths are the most energetic and dynamic segment of our society, I have no doubt that with many more of them participating in the decisions that shape our lives, they would pave the way for a more just, equitable, and peaceful society Ovie Omo-Agege said.
The ninth national assembly, he noted, is championing the removal of clogs hindering the actualization of a comprehensive self-development of women and youths through legislative interventions.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege cited the Sexual Harassment Bill, passed by the Senate, awaiting concurrence at the House of Rep. to buttress his point.
“While it is broadly acknowledged that there is no universal mode that fits all circumstances, I am proud of the National Assembly’s commitment to the provision of equitable opportunities for the participation of women and youths in the Governance Process, by way of legislation and even of constitutional amendment.
Ovie Omo-Agege said, to prepare the youth and women for effective political participation, the Delta Central lawmaker made a case for funding schemes for youth-run business to empower them economically.