The lawmaker representing Ondo West/East in the house of representatives, Biola Makinde, has condemned the low rate of women that emerged for elective positions in the last general election.
Mr Makinde said this at a stakeholders meeting for women in Ondo state.
Between 1999, when Nigeria returned to democracy, and the last general election in 2019, the highest number of women representation recorded in
the Senate was nine out of 109 senators.
That number reduced to seven senators in 2011, and increased just by one in 2015.
Currently, the Red Chamber has only eight women among the 109 Senators representing the interest of 200 million Nigerians.
The issue came under scrutiny at a programme put together by a member of House of Representatives to assist women.
Abiola Makinde believes that this narratives must change, stressing that more women should show interest in politics.
The lawmaker and his wife hosted women from Ondo West and East federal constituency.
He says women should no longer be relegated to the backseat, but given greater responsibilities in the country’s political landscape.
The event witnessed empowerment of some women, with the wife of the lawmaker saying any government that empowers women has empowered the whole
High point of the event was the presentation of gift items to some women.
Other speakers also believe that the low rate of women who emerged for elective positions, should be addressed in future elections.
They want women to make use of their numerical strength to win more elective positions.