***as they Barricaded entrance gate to NASS
A coalition of over 50 women groups on Wednesday said they have come to the realization with shock that a greater percentage of the men at the National Assembly didn’t really go to school.
Speaking on wednesday when they staged a protest and barricaded the entrance to the National Assembly, (NASS), they said the constitution review has exposed many of them as illiterates.
The women were apparently protesting the non approval of bills designed to create more opportunities for women in governance.
The Senate had specifically voted against a bill to provide for special seat for women in the National and State House of Assembly, bill to Provide for Affirmative Action for Women in Political Party Administration and a bill to provide Reserved Quota for Women.
Ebere Ifendu who spoke at the gate of the National Assembly said most of the lawmakers could not even understand the bills because it took the speaker to introduce every bill and explain the bill as if he was teaching nursery school pupils.
“Some of them did not know how to vote, it played out yesterday, so what happened yesterday we are not complaining anymore, but what we are saying today we are here is that there will be payback time.
“I am saying it again that history will not be kind to a the people that voted against us yesterday. “They didn’t vote against the women groups, but they voted against their wives, against their mothers and against their daughters and shamelessly they will go home to claim to be the head of the family when you do not have their interest at heart, it is an embarrassment, it should be more embarrassing to them for what they did yesterday right in front of us.
“I was there myself with the wife of the vice President and I witnessed what happened. Before talking about the wife President being there what happened yesterday was a show of shame not because we had the second Lady, minister of Women Affairs and other women leaders.
“We are waiting for the Senate President and his Deputy, speaker and his deputy. They must come here to tell us how.”
The National Assembly had yesterday voted against the bills on provision of more political opportunities and representation of more women in the constitution.
One of the leaders, who spoke to Journalists Dr Abiola Akinyode said the actions of the lawmakers was a manifestation of the historical Injustice affecting the voice and participation of women in Nigeria.
She said what transpired at the National Assembly was a continuation of the impunity against women in Nigeria.
Akinyode demanded that the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives must find a way of redressing the issues, saying that the women would not relent in the struggle.
She said the women planned to continue the protest in all parts of the country.
She said the request from the Women on the review of the constitution was not out of place, hence should be considered.
Sen.Enyinya Abaribe, Senate Minority leader, who walked in to the scene of the protest responded, saying that the voting process of the lawmakers was a public document and enjoined the women to request the leadership of NASS to release the document of who and who voted “Yes or No” on the women bills.
He said he would convey the request of the women to the leadership of the Senate to have an audience with them.
The protesting women, adorned in various attires of various designs chanted solidarity songs, while inhibiting free flow of vehicular movement to NASS.
The Women vowed to continue their protest until the perceived injustice done to them was redressed.
“This is just day one, we will have actions across the country, we are not going to allow this to go like other times because we may not get this opportunity until maybe another 20 years.”
Group threatens to occupy govt house if Akeredolu fails to hand over to his Deputy
A group, under the aegis of Peoples Democratic Party Forever Initiative (PDPFI) has threatened to occupy government House if Governor Rotimi Akeredolu fails to handover to his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa without further delay
The group insisted that if the ailing governor fails to handover within 72 hours, they will occupy the government house on Monday.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Friday, the National Coordinator of the group, Obande Gideon declared that though, they will continue to pray for Akeredolu’s quick recovery as human, but his incapacitation should not affect governance.
The group said that there is a provision for a deputy who shall discharge his duties in an acting capacity as empowered by the law, adding that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to provide the kind of leadership expected of it by Nigerians.
The group decried the ineptitude of APC government, adding that APC has failed to manage the political crisis in Ondo State.
PDPFI said: “The worst of it is the political vacuum in Ondo State where the APC led Federal government used in showcasing its ineptitude towards governance in the Country.
“It also happened in Taraba State when the late Gov Danbaba Suntai had an air crash, we resolved the crisis but the ruling APC has failed woefully in managing the political crisis in Ondo State. This is a sign that the APC led Federal government is insensitive to the plights of Nigerians.”
The group further pointed out that APC has abandoned the constitution to serve some personal interest.
It wondered why it is so difficult to call the State Assembly to order and ensure smooth working relationship between the Deputy Governor and the sick Governor’s family.
The group warned that they can not fold their hands and watch the nation been sank, adding that their action is to guide the ruling party.
The group said: “Once upon a time, our party, the peoples Democratic Party attempted to protest against the leadership vacuum in Ondo State but the security agencies prevented us. We are not giving up, we are resilience in propagating good governance at all time.
“It has become ridiculous and indeed a laughing stock the activities of non state actors, who display their overbearing influence on the management of affairs of Ondo State in view of their relationship with the ailing Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
“The Governor has been around in the Country but obviously not fit enough to manage the affairs of the State. The question is, since the Deputy Governor is not allowed to act, and the Governor has refused to resume, who is administering the State at the moment.
“We hereby call on Governor Olawarotimi Akeredolu to resume within 72hours or hand over power to his Deputy for effective management of Ondo State.
“We make bold to say that, if the Governor fail to resume or handover power to his Deputy within 72hours, we will have no option than to occupy Ondo State Government House to press home our demand, he stated.
Adamant NLC, TUC declare nationwide strike starting Monday midnight
Despite restraining order by the National Industrial Court (NIC) against the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), counterparts from embacking on strike, the unions have resolved to commence the planned nationwide strike from midnight today (Monday)
In a statement on Monday, the unions ordered workers nationwide to withdraw their services at midnight.
“In furtherance to the decision of the Joint National Executive Council (NEC) of NLC and TUC, all workers in Nigeria are hereby directed to withdraw their services effective 12:00 midnight today, 13th November 2023,” the unions said in a joint statement.
“Consequently, all affiliates and state councils of NLC/TUC are directed to issue circulars for maximum compliance and these circulars be made available to the National Secretariats or posted to the NEC and CWC Whatsapp Platforms.”
While assuring members of further updates about the nationwide strike, organised labour urged them to “remain assured of our commitment to Nigerian workers and people”.
The strike is part of labour’s moves to push for justice after the National President of the NLC Joe Ajaero was malhandled in Imo State last week. Ajaero and other NLC members were in the South-East state for a protest over “non-payment of salaries and pensions for 44 months and violation of other labour rights”.
However, the NLC chief was treated as a criminal in the state with the union accusing Imo state of arranging the attack to stifle protests over workers’ rights. Ajaero was badly hurt, bundled into a van and briefly detained, according to the union.
Following the incident, NLC and TUC threatened to go on a nationwide strike on November 14 if the government failed to meet its demands, which included the resignation of police officials.
“We are worried that it has become criminal for workers in Nigeria to gather for a peaceful protest,” they said.
Last week, the unions picketed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja to press home their demands, leaving travellers stranded.
Recent strikes have had a mixed turnout. Last month the unions agreed to call off a planned strike in protest over rising living costs after the government offered a package of measures to cushion the impact of its economic reforms.
NUJ FCT Chairman buries beloved wife amid tears, wailing
The remains of Late Mrs. Anthonia Attah Osadebamwen, wife of the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council, Comrade Osaretin Patrick Osadebamwen were laid to rest amid tears and wailing in the ancient city of Benin, Edo State on Wednesday.
Comrade Osaretin is also a senior correspondent of the Tribune Newspapers in the FCT.
Among those who sent condolence messages to the Chairman, NUJ, FCT Council included the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud.
In a statement she personally signed, Mahmoud stated that: “It is with a deep sense of loss and sadness that I convey to you my heartfelt condolence on the death of your amiable spouse, Mrs. Anthonia Attah Osadebamwen.
“I can’t imagine the pain you are going through, but in this time of sorrow, may you find peace and solace in the loving memories you shared with your dear wife.
“As you comprehend this profound loss, my heart goes out to you, and the rest of your family, and I wish you nothing but comfort and strength.
“On behalf of the Office of the Honourable Minister ot State, FCT, do accept my deepest sympathies for this great loss.
“May the Almighty GOD grant her eternal rest.”.
Speaking after the burial, Comrade Osaretin Patrick Osadebamwen maintained that the late Mrs. Osadebamwen was a virtuous and supportive wife whose demise was a great loss to the entire family.
He said: “My sweetheart, the 6th wonder of Igala-nation, my pride, my love, our love story is taking a new turn. One that would take a very long time to agitate my mind. It is about your sudden exit. You played me, my love. You sent me on an errand, and before I came back, you were on your way to heaven. Not my wailing could hold you back. So sweet was your heavenly sight you always talked about. You saw it, liked being there, and disregarded my call to return. And you were excited.
“Today, the beautiful moments seem to have all gone. Wait, not gone. Efeosa Eseosa is here, so is Omosefe Ufedoh and Osarhiemen Ojone. They are the products of our union. The blessings of God that added no sorrow. I love you, my darling.”.
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