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In Anambra,TUC Women Commission seek higher female participation in politics



ANAMBRA State Council of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Women Commission at an inaugural ceremony of the executive members, resolved to seek women’s active participation and commitment in the union and politics. 

  The ceremony with theme: “Celebrating our great women; No woman – No Nation”, took place at the Hilton Leisure Resort and Hotels, Awka. 

  In an address, Gov. Willie Obiano, encouraged the women to harness their potential and bring out their values in service and the society. 

  He congratulated the women, noting that some of them were organised, ready, and primed for action in the interest of the government of the state. 

  The governor was represented by the Head of Service, Harry Udu. 

The National Chairperson, TUC Women Commission, Mrs Hafsat Shaibu urged the women to take up leadership positions in different capacities. 

“Ensure you lead by example by adhering to the constitutional provisions of the council.” 

  She enjoined them to be “a sister’s sister” by imbibing in the spirit of working in unity and speaking with one voice, and as well, educate the girl-child. 

  “Please stop relegating yourself to the back seat. Always work to take up leadership positions, even among men, for with determination, you can be anywhere. 

  “Across the globe, and in Nigeria, we have women breaking the glass ceiling and iron doors to attain extraordinary heights in different fields. 

  “We must be distinguished and eminent at all levels so that we can be worthy of emulation,” she said. 

  Mrs Shaibu, however, commended the state governor for his support toward labour movement and appealed to the men folk to always create a condusive environment for the women to strive. 

  The state chairperson, Anambra TUC Women Commission, Mrs    Nneka Nwankwo urged the women to get involved in trade unionism. 

  She told them not to see their gender as a weaker sex but as strategic thinkers, innovators and mentors. 

  “We need to work together and harness these skills to move our society forward, and remember, if we do not showcase our potential, no one will notice our presence. 

  “Let us shun all obstacles and discouragements and come out en masse to give trade unionism that important feminine touch for better welfare of workers, our society, and our children,” Mrs Nwankwo said.  

  She commended Gov. Obiano for ensuring that the voices of women were heard. 

  Earlier in his speech, the Anambra State TUC Council Chairman, Mr Ifeanyi Okechukwu noted that women were excelling in all sectors as in politics, sports and business. 

  “Let us give the women a chance to exercise their values and potentials in politics and other sectors of government for the development of the state.” 

  The event also featured a presentation of awards to exceptional personalities and the inauguration of Executive Committee Members of TUC Women Commission. 

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