Abuja, Nigeria – Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has called for active involvement of women and youths in politics, stressing that women and youths have the capacity to make positive change in the society.
The Former President made the call during his courtesy visit to TOS Television Network, Abuja on Monday, 12th of April, 2021.
Goodluck Jonathan who visited the Television network which is barely one-year old in its Headquarters in the nation’s capital city, Abuja was welcomed by the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Osasu Igbinedion, of the Television Network which prides itself as a Digital-First Pan African News Network.
In the warm welcome, Dr. Jonathan was glad to meet with the management and staff of the organization and was elated with the content and programmes of the News Network which is to tell African story in an informative, educative and entertaining manner that position’s the continent for growth and prosperity.
Speaking on women’s representation in politics, the former president revealed that he worked to increase the number of women in political positions during his tenure, but noted that women are at a disadvantage during primary elections.
“When it got to appointment level, I made sure that I specifically created space for women, even down to some states,” he added.
Jonathan stated that his administration encouraged women who were in strategic places to mentor other women; but he admitted that the success rate on that was low.
The former president harped that, “any nation that wants to grow must plan for young people because younger people as well as women have the capacity to change the society.”
Jonathan also expressed his excitement about the programmes of TOS TV Network basically because of its promotion on gender and youth friendly inclusive programmes.
He commended the CEO TOS TV Network, Osasu Igbinedion for setting up the TV Network which focuses on giving Africa a voice.
In her response, the CEO expressed delight and pointed that TOS TV Network is set out to be a Digital First Pan-African News Network where power will be returned to Africa as it finds to tell her own stories.