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Ogun: Stakeholders advocate inclusion of women, PWDs in government 

Stakeholders have called on government at all levels to include more women and people with special needs in appointments, saying that discriminating against the set of people in the society is suicidal

This form the focus of discussants at the 5th anniversary lecture of Penpushing Media in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

The guest speaker, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, a former Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), while speaking on the topic, “Burden of Inclusivity, and Nigeria’s Democracy”, submitted that there was a need for everyone to be included in governance without discrimination.

He also noted that political marginalisation of women in Nigeria could be attributed to factors such as cultural and religious beliefs which were further institutionalised by Nigeria’s political party system and structure. 

“For instance, Nigeria’s current political party structure is built on party practices like the lack of internal party democracy, political exclusion, and marginalization of vulnerable groups. 

“This is reflected in the constitution of the party leadership, membership management, and candidate nomination. All these processes are skewed to favor a select few. 

“In addition, to the hurdle women face at the party level, there is the challenge of mobilizing voters to vote for a woman and then contesting in a flawed, highly commercialized and violent electoral process. These challenges make it difficult for women to emerge as candidates or win the election”, he added

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