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Be Passionate About People, Legislators-Elect Advised

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ABUJA – Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), has urged House of Representatives members-elect from the party to be passionate about the people.
Odigie-Oyegun made the statement in Abuja  at a two-day retreat, organised by APC for the legislators-elect to prepare them for the task ahead in the 8th National Assembly.
He said all members of the party played big roles by contributing to its growth and current position in the Nigerian polity.
‘’What is important for now is to have the courage, the passion to face the challenges that confront our nation.
“And for each and everyone of us, from the date you are sworn in, by personal conduct, be personal proselytes to the issues of change.
‘’If issues come before you in the National Assembly, your sole guiding principle should be the good of the long suffering people of our nation,’’ Odigie-Oyegun said.
One of the discussants, Hajiya Saudatu Mahdi, who spoke to the legislators on the benefits of Affirmative Action, stressed the importance of having women in government.
Mahdi said 23 countries had adopted the Affirmative Action for women in their policies and urged the incoming legislators to make Nigeria the 24th country.
Mahdi said that countries, such as India, Uganda, and Italy, were among countries that had policies that mandatorily reserved seats for women in government and urged Nigeria to follow suit.
The discussant also urged APC not to forsake women who fought hard to ensure its victory in the general elections.
“One strategy that can be adopted is twinning, we propose that when a man is the head of a committee, a woman should deputise for him and vice-versa.
“If there are sub-committees or groups of three formed for a purpose, women should be included,’’ Mahdi said.
One of the members-elect, Mr Chika Mohammed from Niger, said in an interview with Newsmen that the retreat was an eye opener.
‘’The discussants have educated us on what to expect. By God’s grace, with the knowledge we garnered from here, we will take on any challenge.’’

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