OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on the Nigerian Armed Forces Council and the Federal Ministry of Defence to halt a plan to stop admission of combatant female cadets into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).
The House also called for an increase in the number of female cadets as records show that they have excelled more than their male counterparts.
The House took the decisions in a motion was sponsored by Omosede Igbinedion (PDP, Edo) on Thursday.
Ms. Igbinedion cited Section 42(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 which prohibits discriminatory practices against any person on the basis of sex.
According to her, “Nigeria is a signatory to the Beijing Declaration of 1995 and the follow up Summit on Strengthening the Institutional Arrangements for Support of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, which also coincided with Agenda 113 of the 7th session of the United Nations General Assembly of 2012.”
Igbinedion noted that that Affirmative Action means positive steps be taken to increase the representation of women and minorities in areas of employment, education and all such other areas from which they have historically been excluded.
Recall that, the Punch Newspaper had In a publication on 13th November, 2017 reported that the Nigerian military was set to end the admission of female cadets into the combatant course of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
It was learnt that the recommendation to end the programme was made by the Armed Forces Council which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.
However, the forces through its Director of Defense Information, John Enenche, denied the report, saying female applicants are eligible for all the types of commission granted to their male counterparts.
In adopting the motion, the House also mandated its Committees on Defence, Army, Navy and Air Force to investigate the matter and report back in four (4) weeks for further legislative action.