The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) on Monday urged women to strive to contest with the male counterparts for different positions in the political and academic offices.
Mr Ilesanmi Jimoh, the National Vice President of SSANU, gave the advice at the 2019 Annual Women Conference in Badagry.
Theme of the 2019 conference was entitled: “Empowering Women for Leadership”.
Jimoh said: “I always challenge women to endeavour to move from relevance by tokenism to relevance by merit.
“Women should earn their positions through contest, either with men or their women folks; they should not be looking out for reserved positions to contest for.
“They should not be thinking that, unless a position is exclusively reserved for women, they cannot contest and win.
“Women should be ready to slug it out with men at any time.’’
Vice president of the association said that contesting an election was appropriate, because of the level of awareness among women members of SSANU, labour movement and political class.
He said that gender inclusiveness was pertinent in the union’s decision making if it must actualise its God given potential which was domiciled in both male and female.
“If women are shut out in the politics of the association, they will not be able to use their innate talents and abilities to help in its development and political systems,” Jimoh said.
“Badagry is strategic and a historical town in Nigeria. It has a border that shows a gateway to the country,” he said.
Commenting, Mrs Patience Igbafe, State Women Leader of SSANU, said that women had been facing different challenges in the association and their places of work.
According to her, these challenges range from intimidation to assault.
The Nigeria News Agency reports Jimoh was among some SSANU members that received awards for their outstanding performances in their different fields.
Edited & Vetted By: Chinyere Bassey/Olagoke Olatoye
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