The Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures and Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman has explained that paving the way for more women participation in politics and other areas like business, is an investment worth venturing.
He made the statement while speaking as a Special Guest at the Nigeria men’s conference on gender-sensitive constitutional reform organized by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in collaboration with the supporting Advancement of Gender Equality (SAGE) under the National Democratic Institute.
The event held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja.
The Chairman of the State Speakers conference Conference explained that the effective way to accomplish this noble objective is through the review of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We acknowledge the commitment of the National Assembly, particularly the House of Representatives for initiating a Bill titled “A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to create Additional Special Seats for women in Federal and State Legislative Houses and for Related Matters.”
“If the Bill is passed by the National Assembly and its resolution transmitted to the State Houses of Assembly; I want to assure you that the Conference of Speakers shall sensitize our colleagues at the state level on the importance of this Bill; and consequently I am confident that we shall record more than the required two-third ratification in favour of the proposed amendment.” He further said.
Rt. Hon Suleiman commended the Minister of Women Affairs, Her Excellency, Dame Pauline Tallen for her passion and diligence in the discharge of her mandate for the good of women and the organizers of the event who offered him the platform to speak as Special Guest.