Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) has commenced the training of accredited election observers across eight focal states in the country.
The Civil Society Organization (CSO) trained 50 accredited observers in Adamawa, Lagos, Oyo, Anambra, Kano, Rivers, Kogi and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to ensure free, fair and credible electoral process in Nigeria.
CEO Nigerian Women Trust Fund Ms. Mufuliat Fijabi in her opening remarks in Adamawa, Lagos, Oyo, Anambra, Kano, Rivers and Kogi states last week said the training is a component of the EU-Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN II).
“While the general elections are important to us as a nation, it also very important to us at NWTF to measure the progress made so far from a gender perspective. We are very pleased to work with you to achieve credible elections in Nigeria. This electioneering period is critical to our democratic governance and development as a people and as the Giant of Africa.
The Nigerian Women Trust Fund as part of its mandate to ensure good governance and equal representation of women in leadership and governance across strata in Nigeria keenly observes the processes of the elections.”
She stressed that NWTF is nonpartisan and is not in support of any political party, while tasking the observers to take the training very seriously for a positive outcome.
The training exposed participants to the rudiments of election observation, necessary guides and the usage of a new Gender and Election Watch (GEW) App (a brainchild of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund).
Training of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) observers is billed for this week in Abuja.