Nigeria former minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, on Tuesday said more women should occupy government positions for the benefit of the society and to help curb the issue of corruption in the country.
She made this known at a lecture organised by HID Awolowo Foundation in Victoria Island, Lagos, at a lecture themed, “Ethical Politics, Development and Security in Nigeria: The Critical importance of Women’s Leadership’’.
She noted that research over time have shown that when women are represented in leadership positions, there is guarantee for a better performance in measurable numbers.
“Research shows that in Africa, only five per cent of women are CEOs, 22 per cent are cabinet members, 25 per cent are parliamentarians, 29 per cent are managers, 36 per cent are promoted, and some 44 per cent of senior women hold line roles.
She further noted that Nigeria being in the lead, of women who have been marginalized, is evident in the poor governance that the continent has produced.
“So, men must take full responsibility for the state of affairs of Nigeria and the continent.
“What this is saying to us is that we need to improve on the participation of women in our political system.
“We need to have many more women in the local government, state government and centre of authority as well as in the judiciary,” Ezekwesili noted.
One of the discussants at the event, Maiden Ibru, also added in her discussion that women should get out of their comfort zone and stand up to be heard.
She further stressed that women have always been at the forefront of fighting for equality and the time has come for them to do it again.
Also at the event, a former governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, said the best way to empower a community is to empower the woman.
“But the other way round, if a man is empowered, his pocket suddenly increases.
“The empowerment of a woman is very important for the nation to move forward.