As the countdown to next year’s general elections gather momentum, President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly appointed Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo (SAN), as the Director, Strategic Communications for his 2019 presidential campaigns. By this appointment, Keyamo becomes the official spokesperson for Buhari’s campaign for the 2019 presidential poll. The letter informing him of the appointment was…
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, on Friday, that she was pregnant with her first child, prompting an outpouring of support from women rights groups and labour activists.
She declared “I’ll be a prime minister and a mum”.
Ardern said she planned to work until the end of her pregnancy in June and then take six-weeks leave, during which time Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters would run the country.
Speaking to reporters outside her Auckland home, Ardern said her partner Clarke Gayford would care for the “surprise” addition full-time and that the whole family would travel together when necessary.
“I am not the first woman to work and have a baby.
“I know these are special circumstances but there are many women who have done it well before I have,” she said.
The popular 37-year-old politician’s pregnancy is one of the very few examples of an elected leader holding office while pregnant and the first in New Zealand’s history.
Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto gave birth while she was prime minister in 1990.
Ardern, who came to power through a coalition deal after a closely fought election in 2017, has experienced a meteoric rise to power as New Zealand’s youngest prime minister in more than a century.
Ardern’s who is the third female leader, her rise to power has generated intense interest in her personal life and drew comparisons with other youthful leaders such as France’s Emmanuel Macron and Canada’s Justin Trudeau.
She was quick to assure the public that she would only take six weeks off, during which time she would still be contactable, so that the country would run as usual.
The short period contrasts with her party’s parental leave policies, with the Labour-led coalition expanding paid parental leave from 18 to 22 weeks in one of its first legislative changes. That is set to rise again to 26 weeks in 2020.
Ardern acknowledged that she was “lucky” that her partner, a well-known television fishing show presenter, could take time off to travel with her while he cared for the baby full-time.
She had no plans to stop work until June and would fly to London in April to attend a Commonwealth leader’s meeting.
Advocacy groups and politicians from across the political spectrum were quick to offer support.
“It’s really inspiring…having our prime minister lead by example is a great sign of how far we’ve come in women’s industrial rights in New Zealand,” said Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff in an emailed statement to Reuters.
New Zealand has long held a progressive reputation, having been the first country to give women the right to vote in 1893.
“It’s amazing timing…125 years later we have a prime minister who’s going to give birth in office,” said Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter.
Ardern said that she had unexpectedly found out she was pregnant on Oct. 13, six days before she was propelled into the country’s top job when New Zealand First Party leader Peters announced he was siding with Labour in post-election negotiations.
When asked by a reporter how she had managed putting together a government while suffering from morning sickness, she replied, “it’s just what ladies do”.
— 17th April 2018
The Senate, on Tuesday, summoned Minister of Defence, Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd), Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, and Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun to appear before it. The trio were summoned to the Red Chamber to answer questions as to why $462 million was released for the purchase of helicopters…
— 17th April 2018
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— 17th April 2018
NAN The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk, has called on accountants to always discharge their responsibilities according to the rules and ethics governing the profession. Farouk gave the advice, in Daura, on Tuesday, when he received Alhaji Shehu Ladan, the president of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), who paid him a…
— 17th April 2018
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Entertainment— 15th April 2018
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South-West Report— 12th April 2018
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Abuja Metro— 11th April 2018
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Oriental News— 11th April 2018
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Features— 17th April 2018
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Literary Review— 14th April 2018
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Lifeline— 17th April 2018
Nigerians express concern over sexual harassment of female varsity students by lecturers Tessy Igomu Guilty or not guilty. That has been the controversy trailing the alleged acts of a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Richard Akindele, and a female student of the institution. Since a telephone conversation between the don and…
Education Review— 17th April 2018
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TSWeekend— 13th April 2018
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Opinion— 17th April 2018
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