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12 Mar 2018

Osun Assembly attends to bill supporting women farmers

A bill supporting women farmers in Osun State is receiving the attention of the state House of Assembly.
The bill sponsored by Women Advocate Research And Documentation Centre (WARDC) is to make a separate budget for women farmers in the state.

The Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture, Hon. Ibrahim Gbadebo, who made the disclosure while addressing women delegation, including members of the WARDC, the Women Consultium of Nigeria and the women farmers in Osun State, who paid a visit to  the legislative chamber to know the stage of the bill.

According to Gbadebo, it was necessary to support women because of their social and economic roles in the society.

Giving the assurance that debate on the bill would soon commence, the lawmaker commended the WARDC, the United States Agency for International Development. (USAID) and Strengthening Advocacy and Civil Engagement (SACE) for their intervention on issues affecting women, whom he described as vulnerable but active.

The bill being supported by the United States Agency for International Development. (USAID) and Strengthening Advocacy and civil Engagement. (SACE) said to have reached the committee stage and would soon be debated upon by the state lawmakers.

In her response, the WARDC Programme Officer, Miss. Lola Fademi, who repsesented the Founding Director,  Dr. Abiola Akinyode-Afolabi, said if the government policy on diversification of the economy would succeed women as a group must not be ignored.

Also, a leader of one of the women groups in the state, Chief Mrs. Janet Olaleye, appealed to the Osun State lawmakers to quickly debate the bill and pass it into law “because of the inherent benefits in it for everyone.”

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