Jonathan promises fair representation for women

Posted February 18, 2011

By Elizabeth Archibong and Ugar Ukandi Odey

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said he will ensure that 35 per cent of his ministerial and ambassadorial appointments are filled with Nigerian women if elected into office during the April elections.

Speaking at a presidential rally held at the Rwang Pam stadium, Jos, Plateau State, the President said, “I promise you that we will work with the party to make sure that we give you the 35% affirmative action. I promise that we will give the women 35% of ministerial and ambassadorial positions.” He added that if countries like South Africa and Rwanda could do it, then Nigeria too can do it.

Mr Jonathan made this promise after listening to a speech by the President of the National Council of Women Societies, Ramatu Usman who told Plateau women that Mr Jonathan and his deputy, Namadi Sambo are the only ones who could implement the 35% affirmative action.

Mr Jonathan encouraged the women leader to mobilise the women to come out en-mass and vote for him, assuring them that if “we get votes of the Nigerian women, we will ensure you get your 35% affirmative action.”

Mr Jonathan promised to run a non-discriminatory, all-inclusive government that will uphold the virtues of democracy such as wealth creation, educational development, human rights, and adequate security.

Government for all

The president further stated that his administration will be honest and transparent and that his government will not discriminate against any Nigerian.

He also said himself and Mr Sambo are committed to transforming the lives of Nigerians.

The president said his administration was will ensure that dams are completed so that the problem of water in the country can be solved.

He told the people of Jos that he is aware of the challenges in the state and he is working on it.

Mr Jonathan said it is regrettable that solid minerals development has been abandoned. He said his administration will improve the national revenue profile and income per capita through a deliberate policy that will revamp mining as a major revenue earner.

Reviewing developments in the power sector so far, Mr Jonathan said there have been some improvements since he came to power, announcing also that by the end of the year, more would have been achieved in terms of power stability.

Host governor, Jonah Jang, told the president and his entourage that the people of Plateau State have endorsed them even before the rally. He described the rally as a mere exercise to fulfil all righteousness.

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