Sambo Reaffirms Nigeria’s Commitment To Democracy

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo has reaffirmed the commitment of the Federal Government towards democracy and its tenets. He spoke when the Zimbabwean Deputy Prime Minister Hon Thokozani Khupe paid him a courtesy call in his office.  The Vice President used the occasion to congratulate the Global Women Power Network for the initiative to bring together women from the executive, legislature, judiciary and the civil society organizations to form a coalition that will fight for the right of women.

He stated that in pursuit of the 35% affirmative action in Nigeria the Administration of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan had promoted the rights of women in government and other spheres of human endeavour.  He used the occasion to enlighten the Deputy Prime Minister on the steps being taken to transform Nigeria in the areas of maternal and women mortality, power supply, transportation, agriculture and access to financing being geared towards creating economic corridors that would transform the lives of our citizens.  He said that the Federal Government would always promote free just and fair election and that Nigeria is ready to support Zimbabwe to achieve her electoral success through training of their electoral officers by our independent electoral body.

Earlier the Zimbabwean Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Thokozani Khupe had briefed the Vice President of the formation of a network for women known as the global power network for women who are mostly drawn from the executives, legislature and judicial arms of government while others come from the civil society organizations.  She thanked Nigeria for agreeing to

host the first summit in 2013 and used the occasion inform the Vice President that the Minister of State Foreign Affairs Viola Adaku Onwuliri has been nominated to lead the women.  She recalled both the Abuja and Maputo declarations on the rights of women where government agreed to commit 15% of their budgets to the eradication of HIV and AIDs and boasting

agriculture respectively.  He further stated that they are an implementation network whose task is to hold leaders accountable for their promises.  She opined that women were the back bones of their economies. She called on the Federal Government to support Zimbabwe’s electoral process.

Present in the meeting were Viola Adaku Onwuliri, Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, Minister of State FCT, Mr. Stanley Kunjeku, Charge-de-Affairs of Zimbabwe, Mr. Douglas D. Muhwava, Minister Councilor and other senior government officials of Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

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