Written by Austine ELEMUE

NCWS Appeals To FG Restructuring ....Tasks FG on incessant killings

The National Council for Women Societies, NCWS, has advised the federal government to take a holistic approach in its programme in restructuring Nigeria.   

President of the Council, Mrs. Gloria Shoda, said Nigeria women support the restructuring of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari's administration but that it should `wear a human face’.   

She said that the issue of restructuring was not new in the country, adding that it had been with Nigerians as a nation, revealing that in the 50s; women championed the issue of restructuring and brought it to the front burner in Nigeria. 

Shoda said that women from all walks of life will come together to lend their voices to the advancement of Nigerian governance through the restructuring agenda.   

"We will gather all the women from the local government to the state and the nation to deliberate on the issue and come up with our position. We want to have a say in the restructuring of Nigeria, it is not going to be an all men affair as usual. We need to bring in our own perspectives to the discussion. As Nigerian women, we want this country to be restructured if we must survive as a nation,’’ she said.    

Shoda said that Nigeria women will look at different issues that have been raised on restructuring from different angles and then take a stand. 

In a related development, the council has called on the federal government to take necessary steps to end the continuous killings across the country. President of NCWS, Mrs. Gloria Shoda said this in a statement in Abuja that the killing was too much and has become unbearable.  

It would be recalled that about eight states in the country are currently experiencing attacks by herdsmen. These include Enugu, Benue, Ekiti, Adamawa, Imo, Zamfara, Kaduna, and Delta. 

In a statement made available to our correspondent, Shoda noted that the Benue massacre was an unfortunate situation, adding that government owns citizens the responsibility to protect the lives and property of the people. 

According to her, "we cannot continue to keep silent as women and mothers while our children, husbands, and brothers are being killed by the minute.  

"The continuous killing of innocent citizens in cold blood across Nigeria has given us sleepless nights as women on issues concerning peace and security. There is hardly a day without an attack from the herdsmen or Boko Haram. In all these killings, women and children are mainly victims.

"We are profoundly disappointed with the inability of the government to protect lives and property of her citizens. As women, we are the worst hit when we lost our husbands, children, and brothers as more and more women are being turned to widows every day and this cannot continue. It is about time the federal government sees the killings as a matter of urgency and makes deliberate policy to end the ugly incident".

 

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