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n pre-colonial and colonial Nigeria, women across the country had been a real force of change, deposing corrupt kings and fighting despotic leaders and policies. A ready case study of the involvement of Nigerian women in politics was the Aba Women's riot of 1929. The "riots" led by women in the provinces of Calabar and Owerri in South Eastern Nigeria in November and December of 1929, became known as the "Aba Women's Riots of 1929" or as the "Women's War" in Igbo history; thousands of Igbo women organized a massive revolt against the policies imposed by British Colonial Administrators in Southeastern Nigeria, touching off the most serious challenge to British rule in the history of the Colony. The "Women's War" took months for the government to suppress and became a historic example of feminist and anti-colonial protest.
In the same stratum, Late Chief Mrs. Olufunlayo Ransome-Kuti from Abeokuta, my home-town in Ogun-State, Southwestern Nigeria was described in 1947, by the West African Pilot as the "Lioness of Lisabi" for her leadership of Egba Women on a campaign against arbitrary taxation of women. That struggle led to the abdication of the then Egba King, Oba Ademola II in 1949. But at the establishment of the colonial order, women became estranged to these rights politically. The political enfranchisement of women in Nigeria politics seems to have maintained on the surface a level of gender equity politically, because it is assumed that constitutionally there are no barriers to women's participation.
Now in Ogun State, the people are saying that the government of Senator Ibikunle Amosun is based on lies and it is anti-people. Every promise Governor Ibikunle Amosun made before he became governor has not been fulfilled. Ogun state is witnessing projects and programmes that are not beneficial to the people; Its time for the women the custodian of homes to be interactive, participatory and become decision-makers. Pre-Science predicts future needs; Tomorrow is perfectly hidden in what is in today; current administration in Ogun state has loopholes; let the people come together as formidable group to build up solution for the loopholes by causing a 'Political Paradigm Shift'.
Let Ogun State women arise and pull off the rug under Amosun's feet; let them as formidable group unseat Governor Amosun in 2015. Taking power from those misusing it is in the interest of all who are daily impacted by their wrong decisions. Amosun's anti-people programmes affect more the women as custodians of homes.
The OGD Administration acquired 47 mega watts power stations but Amosun refused to install them thereby leaving the state worse off. Yet, he is doing, a kilometer of road in Ogun State, constructed in excess of N1.1billion. Amosun is ruling Ogun state with his illiterate economics. Amosun is spending the larger part of the state resources on recurrent and he is still putting people in over bloated civil service while he kills entrepreneurship and SMEs. Maami will never take the people for granted. The Cardinal Programmes of Maami include:
(7). HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT: This will include the use of Sports, Welfare and Youth Development in phases.
(8). PROVISION OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL: Agriculture will be specifically targeted for Special Consideration with the aim of achieving Employment, Food Crops, Strategic food reserve, regulation of food stuffs pricing and Rural development.
(9). AFFORDABLE HOUSES FOR ALL: OGD's administration did creditably well for the people on this cardinal programme. The new focus will be the Introduction of Building Cooperatives/Associations System to provide Low Income Housing project.
(10). DIRECT WEALTH TRANSFER TO THE POOR: 'THE LATIN SOLUTION' - This is a project that is very dear to my heart and will be implemented in the first six months of the new administration through local government communities. Direct Wealth transfer to the poor will alleviate poverty and reduce conflicts due to lack of essentials (poverty induced violence). Marcelo Giugale, World Bank Director of Economic Policy and Poverty Reduction Programs for Africa offers this method titled "A Latin Solution to an African Problem"; according to him: "Fifteen years ago, Mexico did something that until then was not known, it began to transfer cash directly to the poor. The payments were conditional; the recipients had to help themselves by keeping their children in school and vaccinating them". As at today about 70 developing Countries have followed this example, and most evaluations show that the idea worked. This idea will be used used by Maami in Ogun State to alleviate suffering of the masses and set-in-motion reduction of mass poverty.
A change is the only thing that is constant in life. Each of us must be determined to make a difference in our own lives and then a positive change will come into our society. This is the time for a change of government that has failed woefully in the governance of the people. Vote Maami for OgunState Governor in 2015. For more Cardinal Programmes; Join Maami in the next series 9:12
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