Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government is to offer financial assistance to women candidates for the 2011 general elections, as part of efforts to encourage more women to participate in politics.
The Minister of Women Affairs Josephine Anenih announced the plan Wednesday in the capital city of Abuja, saying the assistance would be facilitated through a Women Political Trust Fund, which has a take-off grant of 100 million naira (US$1=150 Naira).
She said a seminar was being planned for the candidates to share their experiences on what happened during the primaries, and to review the strategy for the attainment of the 35 per cent representation for women.
''We will also do a proper documentation of those to benefit from the funds that will be released to them as a mark of support and encouragement toward the realisation of their political ambition, and the advancement of the course of women,'' the private Nation newspaper quoted her as saying.
Nigeria goes to the polls in April, and candidates for most posts to be contested at the elections are expected to emerge this week.
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