ActionAid Nigeria, a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) has tasked the Federal Government on prompt implementation of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG).
Mrs Ene Obi, Country Director of the organisation made this known in Abuja on Friday at the commemoration of the African Liberation day.
The event which has its theme as ” Reclaiming the Civic Space to Redefine the African Narrative” is aimed at addressing the emerging shrinking civic and political spaces in Nigeria.
Obi explained that the African Charter if implemented would promote the adherence to the universal values and principle of democracy and respect for human rights.
She, however, charged President Muhammadu Buhari to include more women in the decision making processes and policy making of the country.
According to her, women are very important in the governance of a nation, hence they have a special role to play in the civic and political space in Nigeria.
She said about six per cent out of the total number of women population are included in governance.
” We are raising the standard for people in governance and women inclusion in governance. Nigeria is almost the lowest in terms of inclusion of women in governance.
“We understand, that Africa has recorded remarkable socio-economic and political growths over the decades, but our recent narrative as Africans, however, does not reflect these growths.
” We are therefore calling on every young man and women to join us as we push for the implementations of policies that are focused on redefining the unfavourable narratives,” she said.
Similarly, Mrs Omolola Oladimeji, Team Leader, Women in Media expressed worry over the decline in the involvement of women in politics.
Oladimeji noted women participation in politics if addressed would promote development in the country.
Earlier, Mr Arome Agenyi, Policy Officer, ActionAid Nigeria noted that governance was instrumental to redefining and changing the narrative in Africa.
Agenyi, who lamented the wrong and negative narrative of Africans, called on Africans to rise up to the challenge in tackling and changing African mindsets in the face of the world.
The ACDEG according to report was created by the African Union (AU) in 2007 as a roadmap to encourage better governance across the continent.