For the Young Women Leaders Project ambassadors, yesterday the 14th day of June 2016 was educationally packaged with legislative experiences as they were chaperoned around the two chambers of legislative arm. This is a continuation of lined up activities of the project which aims to build in young girls, leadership proficiency and strategic propensity to be responsive and responsible leaders who can engage the political system and subsequently contest and win elections in the future.
From the ushering in of the girls by the excursion executives to their departure, the girls glaringly expressed different composition of excitements. It commenced as the staff of the legislative houses, Mr Njoku and his colleague, the duo serving as excursion guides, lectured the girls on the several strata of the upper and lower chambers, core officials and materials used during proceedings. They extensively elucidated on the legislative houses jurisdictions, officials’ responsibilities and materials relevance. The highly experienced excursion guides’ display of simplified rhetorics clearly sprouted within the girls an eagerness for active legislative participation.
Next stop was a live preview of legislative proceedings. From the emergence of the speaker of the house, Distinguished Senator Bukola Sakari to the presentation of sponsored bills, the YWL ambassadors were out-rightly constipated with cravings for active political participation. The several request for one the country’s prominent female legislators, Distinguished Senator Binta Masi Garuba, to present sponsored bills further ignited an inspirational displayed of “IF SHE CAN, I CAN DO BETTER” mannerism among the girls.
After the different arrays of lined-up excursion activities, it ended on an inquisitive atmosphere. While some of these uncertainties were cleared by the guides, others can only be absolutely understood when these girls assume leadership offices; whether elective, appointive or technocratic.