A Non-Governmental Organisation, Connected Development (CODE) on Friday sought the collaboration of the Nigerian Police to document the roles played by women police officers in responding to COVID-19 in Kaduna State.
She pointed out that the Nigerian police had to contend with cases of uprising during the lockdown particularly the EndSARS protest and other security challenges in the state.
“We want to understand how the police responded to the security challenges that emanated during the lockdown and look at the gaps and the challenges the command encountered in responding to the issues.
“We want to document their roles, challenges and experiences, so we can amplify the roles played by women police officers in the response and decision-making processes of the Nigerian police during the lockdown.”
She pointed out that the female deputy governor in the state, the six female commissioners and other women heading key parastatals were part of the taskforce that were still responding to COVID-19 issues in the state.
According to her, the goal is to document lessons learnt in the involvement of women in the decision-making process during the lockdown, how the decisions and action impacted on women and amplified them.
She said that the project sought to build the capacity of women in the state to participate in COVID-19 response and broaden their participation in the decision-making process in Kaduna state.
“We want to see the platforms Kaduna state provided for women and amplified the need for other states in the country to emulate and ensure that women were given a space in the frontline of COVID-19 response.
“This will ensure more women participation in the country’s leadership and governance structure,” she said.
Muri said that the women officers in the command have played key roles during the lockdown and promised to provide the needed data to the NGO as requested. (NAN)