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It’s no pride being the only northern female senator – Binta Garba

The Senator representing Adamawa North senatorial district, Sen. Binta Garba, said she is not proud being the only female senator from all of the 19 Northern States in Nigeria.

She told journalists in New York that women should constitute 30 per cent of all elective and appointive positions in the country.

Garba said, “It is rather unfortunate that I am the only female senator form the 19 northern states; it’s not something of pride. “But if out of 19 states we have at least nine women as senators, it will make our work easier and we would push legislations that affect us health wise, economically and educationally.”

“Also, that will make us have accelerated passage of bills that affect us because we are the mothers; we know and feel the pains. “And once we have a 30 per cent of women in the parliament, it makes the work easier because the men cannot push us anyhow.”

 

She blamed the dis-proportional representation of women in Nigeria’s politics on the lack of political will and is positive that this story might change for the better in 2019.

Garba who heads the Senate Committee on Women Affairs, “Going forward is that the government must create an enabling environment and have a political will.”

“Like now in the APC forthcoming Convention, they will have to look at the constitution of the party, in which they are now bringing in the twining system. “That if a man is a Governor, the deputy must be a woman; if a speaker is a man, the deputy must be woman or if the speaker is a woman, the deputy is a man. She applauded the twining practice is working well in some Southern and East African countries.

She applauded the twining practice is working well in some Southern and East African countries. Rwanda is the only country in Africa that has more women in politics followed by Seychelles.

Rwanda is the only country in Africa that has more women in politics followed by Seychelles.

According to an Inter-Parliamentary Union Data of June 2016, women constitute 64 per cent of Rwanda’s legislature.

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Solomon Obende
Solomon Obende is a graduate of Public Administration from the prestigious Ambrose Alli University who is passionate about communications for development. He is proficient in crafting effective social media strategies. He listens to Jimmy Cliff's songs daily.

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