By FWENJI GOAR
The Plateau State Chapter of the League of Women Voters (NLOWV) has urged the Plateau State House of Assembly to as a matter of urgency pass into law the “anti-land-grabbing bill” in order to prohibit the forceful occupation of landed properties by armed persons.
The Chairman of the League, Hon. Lynda Barau Alhamdu made the call Wednesday, while briefing journalists at the NUJ Press Centre, Jos, Plateau State.
Hon. Alhamdu however observed that “the bill has some sections that deal with robbery, kidnapping, cultism and violence related matters, which would ensure that citizens are protected, and theire ancestral lands secured thereby maintaining our heritage”.
She seized the opportunity to call on women in the state to “stand united and be a part of this formidable women focused organisation that is committed to enlightening them of their civic rights and duties within the context of the present-day Nigeria and beyond”.
The Nigerian League of Women Voters, she said, is a “voluntary, nonsectarian, not-for-profit association which is committed to empowering women regardless of their religion, race, nationality or colour in order for them to attain sustainable economic, social and political resilience”.
The League also commended the efforts of the Plateau State Government under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Simon B. Lalong for putting up a strong case for the teeming numbers of the internally displaced persons in the state with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
The League also lends its voice to call on the Federal Government to provide relief materials and succor to the widows, orphans, and those who have been dislocated and dislodged, while at the same time calling on the state to ensure it follows up.
As a grassroots organization, Hon. Alhamdu said the League has noticed that the voice of women was so low, saying they were concerned with empowering women economically and politically, and were also working with development partners to see how they can bring education, trainings for women so that they can understand, see opportunities, and take advantage of the women empowerment programmes being brought their way.
According to her, the League is also concerned about bridging the generational gap, because it has noticed that the participation of the younger women, between the ages of 18 and 35 is very minimal, adding that such age young women in that age bracket were not found in the women struggle, and urged them to take the campaign to secondary schools.