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It is election season in Nigeria and this is the time when those who are interested in running for elective office show their desires by picking up interest forms. However the trend among the parties is to set steep prices for the forms thereby making it almost impossible for those without deep pockets to participate.
This was the subject of discussion when the women group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) met yesterday, October 28, 2014. The high costs of forms for elective positions was decried and it was seen as a way to disenfranchise women and less privileged people with hopes of contesting for an elective office. Despite this, women were urged to surmount the challenges and run for office during the forthcoming elections.
According to Guardian newspaper where this was reported, this advice was given at the maiden conference of the LCCI Women Group held at Four Point, by Sheraton Hotel, Lekki, Lagos State. The theme of the conference was “Strategies for Increased Participation of Women in Leadership Positions: Management and political perspectives”.
Some of those who spoke at the conference include member of the House of Representatives representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Stella Sosan, Executive Vice Chairman, Techno Oil Ltd, Mrs. Comfort Obi, Partner, PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PWC), Omobolanle Adekoya and the Special Adviser on Millenium Development Goals (SA-MDG), Ogun State, Mrs. Hafsat Abiola-Castello.
*News Source: Guardian Newspaper