A coalition of women groups from different communities in Sokoto State, Friday demanded to have more political seats in the State.
The coalition’s leader, Malama Sha’afatu Umar, was reported by the News Agency of Nigeria to have made the call during a rally to mark the International Day for Rural Women, which was organised by Sokoto State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs in collaboration with Plan International.
The report said that Umar, who is the Coordinator from Shagari Local Government Area, insisted in her remarks to the gathering that women possessed the capability to perform better than their male counterparts in the society.
She expressed gratitude to Governor Aminu Tambuwal over what she described as his numerous women friendly policies and programmes in the state.
Umar was also reported to laud Tambuwal for the passage of Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act and pleaded for a speedy passage of the Child Protection Law as well as, commensurate justice for survivors of Gender-based violence in the state.
”Rural women appreciate Governor Tambuwal for appointing women into various offices of governance in the state,” she said.
In her response, the Sokoto State’s Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Hajia Kulu Sifawa, described women as backbone of every society.
She enjoined women to intensify prayers against rising security challenges in the country which she noted, hinders national progress. She added that women as mothers share most of the burdens.
Sifawa appealed to mothers to continue inculcating good morals into their children as they are always closer to them than the fathers while growing up.
The report said that several women from the 23 local government areas of the state went round streets in the state capital and offered prayers as well as listened to lectures at the Government House.