Jonathan commends Swapo for 50/50 representation policy

22 Mar 2014 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 MAR (NAMPA) - 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.