Former governor of Anambra State and Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi has said that Nigeria cannot make sustainable progress if the nation does not begin to prioritize the place of women.
Addressing an audience at the Voice Of Women Conference which held at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Conference Centre in Abuja on Tuesday, Obi noted that women are pivotal in the transformation of the nation.
“The #VOW2022 Conference and Awards indeed is timely for an agenda to be set towards having an inclusive and accountable Nigeria, from 2023.
“This country cannot make sustainable progress if we continue to leave 50% of the population, which are women behind.
“As Presidential Candidates speak to Nigerian Women from across the country at this event, it is good for the women to listen to what we have to say and then look at what we did before now – our respective antecedents – when we had the opportunity to bring them to the leadership table.
“Women need to vote right, looking at antecedents on inclusivity agenda. Beyond that, they must vote for candidates they can trust on the scales of capacity, competence, character and proven commitment to the yearnings of Nigerian women. Do not accept us based on what will tell you we will do: have we proven it before now?
“I had 40% women in my cabinet in Anambra state because I have found out that women were far more committed and trustworthy. When you need work done and done satisfactory, get a woman to do it and you will not be disappointed,” Obi stated at the conference.
He reiterated his commitment to making sure that if voted as president his government will carry women along, bringing them to the leadership table where decisions are being made, and also allowing them to utilize their potentials for the betterment of Nigeria.