4th February, 2011
Senator Daisy Danjuma is the wife of a retired general who was in the Senate between 2003 and 2007.Â She spoke with P.M.NEWS on various issues, especially those that affect women and children. The PDPÂ senatorial candidate for the 2011 election promised that if voted into the Senate, she would mobiliseÂ the women and educate them to rise up for their rights and empower them. She says when you educate aÂ woman, you educate the nation.
On the issue of unemployment and how she will contribute to solve the problem, she said Nigeria is aÂ nation of consumers and that it is a country that produces that could provide employment for itsÂ people. She said Nigeria is an unproductive consumer nation and most of the reason is because theÂ nation does not have enough electricity supply to make the industrial sector viable and that the costÂ of using generators shoots up theÂ cost of production which has made most of the industries to closeÂ down.
Daisy said what the government could do to salvage the situation is to make sure there is steadyÂ electricity supply and when the industrial sector thrives there will beÂ employment.
She wants the agricultural sectorÂ to be developedÂ as well as the tourismÂ industry and with a stableÂ political system and stable economic environment, business would thrive.
She believes that the government should also encourage investors and that with more investorsÂ in aÂ stable atmosphereÂ definitely more industries will be established and more people will be employed.
On what she would do when she gets into the Senate, she said she was active when she was there andÂ that she would build upon her past achievement, make good laws, bring about capacity building,Â Â perform her oversight function, make sure monies appropriated are well spent and to ensure that theÂ budget is properly implemented.
Speaking further on the challenges facing women generally in Nigeria especially regarding theirÂ health, and the high maternal and infantÂ mortality rate in Nigeria,Â sheÂ blamed the problems onÂ poverty. She said she attempted to solve the problem while in the Senate through sponsoringÂ a billÂ Â but she was misunderstood.
Daisy said the it is shameful that in the whole of Africa Nigeria has the highest rate of maternal andÂ child mortality. She recalled having chaired the child birth issue in the Senate, and that even inÂ ECOWAS she was the Chairperson on the subject matter as well as at Commonwealth level where theyÂ attempted to bring about a change so as to reduce maternal and child mortality on the continent.
She said educating the women, empowering them, building capacity for them and providing enlightenmentÂ programme would go a long way in improving their reproductive health and their wellbeing generally.
On the treatment of cervical and breast cancers, she promised to create awarenessÂ Â and build healthÂ centres where women can go for treatment, adding that the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, hasÂ promised that a cancer health centre will be builtÂ so that women can go there for check up for earlyÂ treatment because if it is discovered early it can be cured or properly managed.
She also said the awareness campaign will help men who have colon cancer as well asÂ prostate cancerÂ to be treated.
On the jumbo pay federal lawmakers are earning now,Â she said she could not tell what they are earningÂ but while she was in the Senate she earned enoughÂ to cover her trips and other obligations.
On the Child Right Act, she was of the view that the Act is a law now and all that should be done isÂ forÂ various states to domesticate it. She promised thatÂ effort will be made to ensure that theÂ states enforce the law, adding that religious leaders and traditional rulers would be persuaded toÂ join in the cmapaign for the enforcement of the law by state governors.
Daisy also said she visited the Oba of Benin on a campaignÂ to sensitise the people to desist fromÂ dangerous practices such as genital multination and that it was successfully stopped.
â€”Yomi Obaditan/Â Benin City