Jonathan commends Swapo for 50/50 representation policy

WINDHOEK: The Federal Republic of Nigeria’s President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan applauded the SWAPO party for 50/50 gender representation policy that have put in place.

Jonathan commended the SWAPO party during their official talks with the President of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba here on Thursday.

The Nigerian President said it will be a ‘tremendous job’ by SWAPO if they get the 50/50 gender representation as planned, adding that in their case they are struggling.

“I must really comment SWAPO for this initiative, because in our case we are really struggling but maybe if we also make it a party policy then it will work out,” he said, adding that SWAPO should hold on to their policy and to continue encouraging women to take up positions against their male counterparts because they are the same in work capacity.

Jonathan paid a two-day State visit to Namibia, and he was be the guest of honour at the 24th Independence celebrations on Friday held in the capital at the Independence Stadium.

The Nigerian president and his 56-member delegation touched down at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Thursday morning and were engaged in official talks with the Head of State Hipikepunye Pohamba, which culminated into signing of 11 agreements between the two head states.

Jonathan also visited the Sat-Com Communications Solutions and attended at Business forum at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino which was followed by a State Banquet late in the evening.

The former President of Namibia, Sam Nujoma paid a courtesy call to Jonathan before the State Banquet.

Jonathan was the guest speaker at the 24th Independence celebration in the capital and departure back to Nigeria after the official programme.

During the party’s 5th Ordinary Congress held in 2012, the ruling party committed itself to the 50/50 representation of men and women in all the party structures.

(edited)WINDHOEK: Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has applauded the Swapo party for its 50/50 gender representation policy it is implementing.

During official talks with Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba here on Thursday, Jonathan said it will be a ‘tremendous job’ if Swapo gets the 50/50 gender representation done as planned.

“I must really comment Swapo for this initiative because in our (Nigeria’s) case we are really struggling, but maybe if we also make it a party policy it will work,” he said.

Jonathan said Swapo should hold onto that policy and continue encouraging women to take up positions with their male counterparts, because they are the same in work capacity.

The Nigerian Head of State was here on a two-day State visit and was the guest of honour at Namibia’s 24th Independence anniversary celebrations on Friday at the Independence Stadium.

Jonathan and his 56-member delegation touched down at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Thursday morning, and were engaged in official talks with Pohamba, which culminated in the signing of 11 agreements between the two nations.

The Nigerian president also on Thursday visited the Sat-Com Communications Solutions company and attended a business forum at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino, which was followed by a State Banquet in his honour that same evening.

Jonathan departed to Nigeria after the official Independence celebrations programme.

During the party’s 5th Ordinary Congress held in 2012, the ruling party committed itself to 50/50 representation of men and women in all party structures.

SOURCE: NAMPA