President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan said on Tuesday that very soon, the Senate Chamber will be made up fifty percent of female representation.
Lawan has underscored the need for the Federal Government to ensure the protection and empowerment of the girl-child in Nigeria, adding that efforts must be made by the government at all levels to prioritize the protection of the girl-child from violence, rape, and all forms of discrimination.
Speaking at Plenary as part of moves to commemorate the 2020 International Day of the Girl Child which was celebrated on Sunday, 12th October 2020, the President of the Senate said, “one day, very soon, this chamber will have fifty percent of female.”
Lawan who stressed the need for gender empowerment said that girls should be educated to enable them to be leaders of tomorrow and for a better Nigeria.
According to him, the girl- child needs to be protected from violence considering the several cases of rape happening in the Country. Lawan said, “the country is doing very poorly in gender equality. Young girls should be educated to enable them be leaders of tomorrow.”
Lawan who noted that the girl-child has for long being deprived of equal opportunities like their male counterpart, needed to propel them to leadership positions in the country, said, “We are in a situation where our girls need to be protected from violence.
“Our country and society must continue to support the girls in the area of educating and empowering them, and giving them all the available opportunities for them to actualize their potentials like the boys are given. “Today, we have only seven female senators.
This kind of situation can be corrected right from the early stages when the girl-child is given all the opportunities. “We hope that one day, this chamber should have fifty percent of Senators being female.
“We need to improve on this as a country by giving our girls the needed empowerment and skills that will propel them to become leaders in the future, and the country will be better for it.”
78 Arrested, Convicted For Curfew Violation, Other Offences In Delta.
Seventy-eight people have been arrested and convicted in Delta State for violating the curfew imposed by the state government, arson, attempted arson and other varying offences as a fallout of the endSARS protest.
The Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing journalists at the State Police Command Headquarters in Asaba, the state capital.
While giving a breakdown of number of arrests made by security operatives, he said 58 persons charged for murder, arson, and attempted arson while others were violators of the curfew imposed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
All the suspects, however, have been tried and convicted with some of them getting an option of fine.
The police boss also commended the residents of the state for being law-abiding, assuring them that they can go about their normal businesses without fear of harassment form criminally minded individuals.
VIDEO: See The Ritual Rites Done To Welcome The Staff Of Oba Of Lagos Back
Ritual rites held at Isale Eko to welcome the Oba of Lagos and his staff of office to the palace.
Watch video here
The Oba was forced out of his palace after a mob attacked the palace on Wednesday, October 21 and carted away his staff of office.
The staff of office has been found and he is said to return to the palace tomorrow October 28.
No EndSARS Protester Destroyed Properties- Sam Adeyemi
1. Dear young citizen. It’s time for everyone to reflect. The massive destruction of properties in Lagos and other cities is so sad. Some want to blame you, but you must not buy that narrative. They know those that introduced violence. #ENDSARS
2. Those that looted and destroyed property are also not part of you. They are products of a system that does not value its youths and has left them with little or no hope. They are part of the reason you raised your voice against injustice and want a new Nigeria.
3. What you did in less than a week was a phenomenon. Let me share how I see it. You attracted a mass following across all sectors within a short time because your cause is noble. No sane person should fault your call for justice.
4. Leadership experts believed for a long time that the best way to motivate people to move is to give them a vision of the ideal future. But it has not always worked. People prefer status quo to change.
5. In recent times, they have come to realise that it sometimes works better to tell the story of people’s pain: their livable experiences. You got this right. You generated impetus and galvanised people to act focusing on police brutality.
6.You overcame things that have divided our country and frustrated it’s development including ethnicity and religion, and put up a united front. You practically shared love instead of our culture of prejudice. That was a breakthrough.
7.The power gap between the leader and the led is high in most developing countries. That gap is low in most developed countries. You crushed that gap. You ran an efficient system on a flat structure. Your model of leadership facilitates development.
8.Your flat leadership structure meant no one was dominating another. As leaders you took responsibility and served one another. You were accountable and transparent, announcing income and expenses daily. These have not been part of our leadership culture.
9.You provided “stomach infrastructure”, meeting the basic needs for food and water. You provided healthcare with ambulance services. Some even got free haircuts on the street. Your organization was efficient.
10. You got quick wins. A governor came to meet you on the street (I commend him for this). SARS was dissolved and the government agreed to your 5for5 demands (I commend government for these).
11. Continue to call for a stop to the looting and destruction. Take a deep breath. You created a mini new Nigeria. How do you take things forward and scale up? Please, stay strong online, own your narrative by all means and keep your discussions going. #ENDSARS
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