Vote Buying Is Encouraged By Poverty – UN Women Rep

Vote Buying Is Encouraged By Poverty – UN Women Rep

Vote Buying Is Encouraged By Poverty – UN Women Rep

Vote Buying Is Encouraged By Poverty – UN Women Rep

According to Ms Beatrice Eyong, the UN Women Representative to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States, vote-buying in Nigeria is largely a result of poverty.

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When she hosted the National Officials of the Women Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Abuja, Eyong made this statement.

She stated that programs would be started by UN Women to address the issue of vote-buying in the nation.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, representatives of CAN women visited the UN House in Abuja to discuss ways to work together to address gender-based challenges in Nigeria.

“We have talked about buying and selling of votes and that is a challenge.

Vote Buying Is Encouraged By Poverty – UN Women Rep

“I tell you poverty is one of the things that is promoting buying and selling of votes and we are thinking that if we do programmes, we may improve women’s income status and other people in the villages,” she said.

Eyong said that the two major programmes are Rural Women Economic Empowerment Programme and Market Women Transformational Initiative.

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“We have presented our two big programmes, and we are discussing with the minister and approval has been given. The UN is interested and donors are also interested.

“That is, the Rural Women Economic Empowerment Programme, which will be through climate-smart agriculture, which is digitally assisted by our digital platform called ‘Buy from Women’.

Vote Buying Is Encouraged By Poverty – UN Women Rep

“So this one is going to respond to the empowerment of rural women and I’m happy that you people also work with rural women.

“The second one is the market women transformational initiative.

“I saw that people are working on market women, they are working on petty traders, these are some of the things we are interested in,” Eyong said.

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She assured the women of partnership and commended the interreligious involvement, which she described as wise and a way for more knowledge to be acquired.

“You are a credible partner, we will like to continue our work with you to advance more good things.

Vote Buying Is Encouraged By Poverty – UN Women Rep

“I am very happy that we have this collaboration with the Muslim women, we have to also involve them because they too will have other people,” she said.

The National President, WOWICAN, Deaconess Victoria Ihesiulor, said they planned to run programmes to ensure women and youth shun all electoral ills.

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“We have planned sensitisation and mobilisation, we need to sensitise our women, call them together and let them know. We then organise training that vote-buying and payments make one to suffer for many years.

“By the time they come and give you N5,000, N10,000 or even N20,000, after spending that money, the person enters for four years and takes another four years, that’s eight years.

“You will suffer for eight years If you don’t vote for the right people.

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“We want them to know that getting rice and wrappers will not address one’s challenges”.

Ihesiulor said WOWICAN had a total of 48 million registered members in different spheres of life across the country.

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