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Lagos lawmaker decries state of Badagry road

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A member of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Setonji David, on Tuesday decried the state of Badagry road, saying the road was too bad, considering challenges it posed to people in the area.

David, representing Badagry Constituency II,on the platform of the APC , disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

According to him, Badagry road looks like it is cut off from Lagos state while posing numerous challenges people in the area faced using the road.

The lawmaker, who also expressed dissatisfaction over shortage of schools in the area, called on Federal and state government to look into the plight of the residents with a view to helping them

“Our road network is in shamble. Lagos-Badagry expressway is in total mess. If you take a walk for few hours to come to Badagry you will be amazed with the state of our roads.

“Although, the contract for the road has been awarded, I am just appealing to the contractor and the government at the federal level to expedite action on the reconstruction of that road.

“It is as if we are cut off from Lagos state, the state of the road is in shamble that is the truth of the matter.

“ The raining season is fast approaching; I don’t know what will become of that place when rain starts,’’ David who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development said.

He said that the area also needed more primary and secondary schools to help reduce the kilometres school children trekked, each day, to access school.

“I know of pupils trekking for 5kms, 3kms and 2kms in my constituency before they can access schools.

“So we don’t have enough primary schools, we don’t have enough secondary schools. These are issues people can see. Some of these schools are not even in good state. The few ones we have need to be rehabilitated. We are pleading with government at the state and federal levels to do something.’’

David said that the pains of residents of the area were passing through were better imagined than experienced.

The law maker, who described good infrastructure as the beginning of progress of any society, noted that commuters spent about three or four hours to get to Badagry from Lagos instead of 30 minutes or 45 minutes.

He, however, expressed optimism that the incoming administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu would address the plight of the people of Badagry.

David urged the Federal Government to redouble efforts in addressing inadequate power supply in the country to reduce youth unemployment.

According to him, the major problem confronting Nigeria is inadequate power supply, adding that so many people cannot work because there is no power.

“If we can have constant supply of electricity in this country, I want to assure you that, half of our unemployed youths would be engaged in viable jobs. (NAN)

 

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Nigerians Call For More Women In Governance, Say It Will Reduce Corruption

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Exasperated by rising corruption in Africa’s most populous country, stakeholders in the fight against corruption in Nigeria have identified adequate inclusion of women in governance as an antidote to public sector corruption while lamenting the government’s effort in implementing the revised National Gender Policy (NGP).

The call for the inclusion of more women in governance had been necessitated by the low representation of women in Nigeria’s governance structures.

Human rights lawyer Mary Musa led the call during PUBLIC CONSCIENCE, an anti-corruption radio programme produced by the Progressive Impact Organization for Community Development, PRIMORG, Wednesday in Abuja.

Speaking during the programme, Musa stated that Nigeria would be heading in the better direction if more women are deliberately handed opportunities in political leadership and public service as they embody the values, character and integrity, which is needed in building a corrupt-free nation.

She noted that Nigerian women are prudent and have been equipped to instill prudence, character and integrity in the mind of their children and can replicate these virtues in leadership positions.

“If we (government) put more women who are prudent in the government spaces, political spaces, corruption will reduce drastically because they are coming with values, character and integrity. We are not saying take any woman because she is a woman, we are saying take women who know what it means to be in political offices.

“If we select those women knowing they are influencers in their spaces doing fantastic and credible jobs with excellent value systems, Nigeria is headed for a better place.

“We have credible women, but they face barriers like sexual harassment at workplaces. Even in politics, we have a lot of women going into politics, but there are god-fathers who want to take advantage of the young women coming into politics. It’s beyond being credible and competent. It’s about creating an enabling environment for the woman to thrive,” Musa stressed.

On the government’s lacklustre approach on implementing the revised National Gender Policy, she revealed that the most effective tool in persuading the Federal Government to implement the policy remains sensitization, advocacy and peaceful protest.

Musa also regretted that implementation of the National Gender Policy is stifled by a lack of political will and urged the government to enforce the policy and place punitive measures on public offices that fail to align with the provisions of the revised NGP.

On her part, Communications Manager Mujidat Agbabiaka backed Nigerian women to do well if given more opportunities in leadership, emphasizing that women have what it takes to participate in leadership and make the country better. She added that women must be encouraged and empowered to take charge of administration because of their discipline and integrity.

Agbabiaka said, “We’ve seen women out there doing well in their leadership capacity and their homes are not broken. They still perform their maternal roles. They still take care of their families, their husband and children, immediate and extended families.”

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, she advised women not to sell their votes to politicians, urging them rather to study the manifestos of political parties and candidates in order to make informed decisions.

“We know the roles the politicians play in impoverishing the women further by giving them seasoning cubes and wrappers as if those things matter in politics and electioneering. We have said that these things are wrong and women should desist from accepting gifts but rather look inward into candidates and see what they are offering based on their manifestos.”

Some Nigerians who phoned into the programme from Abuja, the nation’s capital, alluded that Nigeria would be better governed and less corrupt if women were given more leadership opportunities owing to their antecedents from the home front.

PRIMORG and the Women’s Rights Advancement & Protection Alternative (WRAPA) are collaborating to promote the revised gender policy of the Federal Government for more opportunities for women in Nigeria.

Public Conscience is a syndicated weekly anti-corruption radio program used by PRIMORG to draw government and citizens’ attention to corruption and integrity issues in Nigeria.

The program has the support of the MacArthur Foundation

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