The former first Lady of Lagos state,Mrs Abimbola Fashiola has called on Nigerian women to form their own political
party in order to ensure that their interests are protected in the governance of the country,saying that with 2019
federal elections just months away that that may be the most credible action to take.

Speaking at Ngerian Stock Exchange(NSE) International Women’s Day Symposium Mrs Fashiola said “until we form our own party we may not
be able to make a mark in politics in Nigeria”.The event was graced by NSE CEO,Oscar Onyema,Patience Kunene,Director World Bank,Deputy
British High Commisioner to Nigeria,Laure Beaufils,Olajobi Makinwa,Chief Africa United Nations Global Compact among others.

In his welcome address NSE CEO enjoined all and sundry to join the move to close the gender gap and maintained that it beholds both men and women of good conscience to ensure that they press on until success is assured.

He contended that NSE is celebrating women and working hard to close the gender gap because its in the overal interest of the nation and businessezs to do so,stressing that its in the interest of mankind to close the gender gap.

Beaufils in her speech pointed out that its to the economic well -being of Nigeria to tap the bountiful resources of woman hold as the nation
may not be able to attain inclusive economic growth without our women folks,saying if you include women in the economy poverty goes down.

Therefore she urged those on the seat of power in government and private sector to empower the Nigerian women if the want the country to enjoy inclusive economic growth and development.

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