NDDC decries gender disparity
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has described as sad the Nigerian Senate’s decision to throw out a bill that sought to enthrone gender parity in Nigeria, at a time the United Nations to seeking robust ways necessary to enthroning gender parity.
The commission observed that irrespective of women making up about half of the electorate, “they continue to be underrepresented at the national, state and local government levels.
In a bid to bridge the gender gaps particularly in the education sector, the NDDC will tomorrow organize the grand finale of the Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and ScienceGEMS0, a programme borne out of the desire, as well as its social commitment and responsibility, to bridge the gaps that exist in gender related issues it has encountered in its earnest effort to facilitate the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region.
The acting managing director of the commission, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari,
stated that the GEMS programme is to promote innovative, research and standards-based practices, which will encourage students with interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to thrive in the 21st century global economy.
On why the NDDC decision to intervene in the promotion of GEMS programme ,Semenitari cited the National Bureau of Statistics which noted that between 2010 and 2013, men constituted the bulk of employment at federal and state ministries, departments and agencies.