- Incoming members of the 9th House of Representatives have been urged to support the candidacy of Nkeiruka Onyejeocha for the office of speaker
- The chief executive officer of Nigerian Women Trust Fund urged lawmakers to put the interest of Nigeria first in choosing the leadership of the House
- According to Mufilat Fijabi, Onyejeocha was very experienced enough to carry out the job of the speaker
Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) has urged House of Representatives members-elect to support the candidacy of Rep. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha for the office of speaker in the 9th House of Representatives.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, April 8, the chief executive officer of NWTF, Mufilat Fijabi, urged the lawmakers to put the interest of Nigeria first in choosing the leadership of the House.
Fijabi said that Onyejeocha, currently the chairman, House Committee on Aviation, was very experienced enough to carry out the job of the speaker.
Onyejeocha, who represents Isuikwuato/Umunneochi federal constituency of Abia would be returning to the house for a record 4th term.
“If we do not have the presence of women in the leadership of the National Assembly, then we are missing something. We need women to be in strategic positions in the 9th National Assembly; it is very important that women’s voices, who represents almost half of the Nigerian population are heard.
“The 9th Assembly should make efforts to have an assembly inclusive of women participation at top leadership positions because women will deliver whenever they are given opportunity to serve," Fijabi said.
She congratulated Onyejeocha for declaring to run for the office, describing the decision as a welcome development.
According to her, female speakership should be encouraged in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Senator Abiola Ajimobi asked the nine elected members of the House of Representatives from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, to support Femi Gbajabiamila for speaker.
Ajimobi appealed to them to follow the decision of the APC leadership in determining the presiding officers of the incoming 9th Assembly.
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