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The masses in Nigeria today have always been of the opinion that voting in this country is basically a waste of time. They believe that secret meetings have already been held and candidates already promised political appointments and seats so to them, they feel as if they would be wasting their votes if they attempt voting for any aspirant of their choice.
Nigeria of today has come a long way in its political ideology. Now it’s not just a matter of ‘god fathers’ sitting somewhere and dictating who and who gets to govern.
The masses are being heard, they are being given the opportunity to vote in their own candidates. The mentality of secret meetings are gradually coming to an end.
Our votes count, our opinions and views count, our choices count.
This is a call to the masses to ensure that they pick up their Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) before the oncoming elections. The PVC is our identity. Our votes belong to us alone, we alone have the power through our votes to ensure that the right candidates are voted for.
If we do not take part in the electoral processes, how then would we be able to achieve the change which every Nigerian is clamoring for?
Women are an emerging force in the political arena. They are gradually being recognized and accepted as been substantial in the political arena. Let’s vote in more women into the corridors of power and see what great change will take place.
IT IS TIME FOR WOMEN TO STAND UP TO CHANGE. THIS CHANGE CAN ONLY BE EFFECTED BY YOUR VOTE. YOUR POWER IS IN YOUR, VOTE WISELY. GO TO YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO COLLECT YOUR PERMANENT VOTERS CARD AND VOTE COME FEBRUARY 2015. LET YOUR VOTE COUNT. VOTE WISELY!!!
Women Consortium Nigeria(WOCON)
13 Okesuna Str, off igbosere Rd.
Yesterday, 28th December, we lost Hauwa Ayuba, a 5-year-old IDP born to the family of Ayuba Luka, Agibo by tribe, from Gwoza LGA of Borno State. Hauwa was displaced, alongside her family, from Gwoza LGA.
The family left the IDP camp in Yola on 13th December and arrived Stefanos Zang IDP Camp, Bukuru on 14th. Upon arrival, the girl appeared malnutrished and efforts were made to ensure she recovers; but things didn't go well. Today, around midday, Hauwa was referred to the Plateau Hospital but she died upon arrival.
This death was reported to me by Mr. Mark Lipdo of Stifanos Foundation (SF). This Foundation sets up and manages some of the IDPs settlements in FCT, Nasarawa, and Plateau.
When we returned from Yola after our November visit, I recall complaining about how malnutritioned these IDPs were and the need for more vigorous food intervention, including food supplements. The Camp Commandant of the Yola camp particularly told me they had food, but what I saw didn't confirm this assertion. He was covering up. Now, the death of this innocent child confirms his lies. My fear: how many more are now on the death list due to malnutrition? How many can we safe?
Now, if the less than 2% of the IDPs in Adamawa State that are in the only government-managed camp are not properly cared for to the extent of recording deaths due to malnutrition, then what happens if the other IDPs that are outside of the camp move to the camp? When we visited Yola last month, we were told that 13 people had died within a short time since they arrived at the camp.
There is indeed urgent need to look into an holistic humanitarian response for IDPs in Nigeria and Nigerian Refugees outside Nigeria, particularly those in neighbouring countries - Chad, Niger, and Cameroun. The government of these countries always complain of how daunting it is to cater for Nigerian IDPs. Oftentimes, Nigerian IDPs are turned down from entering these camps as they are over-full.
It is such a shame that we are loosing IDPs to malnutrition.
What should be considered? What should be done? We definitely cannot continue to loose innocent lives.
Women’s Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) is a non-political and non profit making Association, committed to the enhancement of the status of women and related feminist goals and ideals. A non-governmental, non-partisan and non-religious Organisation committed to the enforcement of Women and children’s Rights and the attainment of equality, development and peace.
WOCON holds a United Nations special Consultative Status
WOCON as South-West coordinator for women political empowerment project and WARDC organised strategic planning for female politicians at local government level.
Donation of school bags and materials by WOCON with support from Wings against the dawn USA to school children in the Ajegunle Community School.
Voter/Civic Education in rural communities - Ogun State.