The Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund (NWTF) with support from the European Union Support for Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) and in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) organized a 2-day training for women on voter education and other electoral matters on 6th – 7th September 2018 in Osogbo, Osun State. The objectives of the training include to increase the pool of women who will serve as catalysts and mobilisers to sensitize grassroot women on voter education in their various communities, expand the pool of women who can conduct voter education and increase the number of beneficiaries of voter education.
The Chief Executive Officer of NWTF, Ms. Mufuliat Fijabi while explaining some of the expected results from the training, affirmed that it will provide adequate information on Election Day Procedure to women. According to Ms. Fijabi “the training of trainers will equip the trainers with information which can be stepped down to reduce the number of void votes and contribute to the call for a peaceful election in Osun State.”. Ms. Fijabi further asserted that women’s participation in politics should not be for electioneering periods only, hence the need to sustain advocacy and sensitization on the importance of women’s political participation.
The Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Segun Agbaje who was represented by the Head of Voter Education, Venerable Stephen Ojewande hammered on the dangers of vote selling which is currently affecting the country’s electoral image. Similarly, the Deputy Director, Gender Division, Ms. Blessing Obiadegwu while addressing participants at the training reiterated the need for aggressive voter education to raise the awareness of women regarding their rights to participate actively in the electoral process. She urged the participants to go to the localities and mobilize women to vote for candidates of their choice.
The training will be followed by voter education sensitization for women in the three (3) Senatorial zones of the state as well as a mobilization event in the State capital, Osogbo and environs.