by Segun Odeleye
A lot of the talk recently has been about how the people of Taraba could make history by becoming the first in Nigeria to elect a woman as governor. Senator Jumai Alhassan, the APC candidate however is currently trailing in that election which would hopefully be concluded next Saturday.
However, it does not look like female representation in the national House of Representatives dropped from 27 in the last assembly to a mere 14 this time.
According to data obtained by INEC, only 14 women won elections into the House of Reps out of 360 lawmakers. Consequently the female representation will be a mere 3.88%.
Pres. Goodluck Jonathan took the empowerment of women seriously as he appointed them into key cabinet positions and as heads of agencies. With the decline in female political representation, it is hoped that the incoming administration will not go back on the strides by the incumbent.