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| December | VOLUME 3 | N° 3 | 2016 |
Authors Copyright © 2016:
| Ifeyinwa Arum1 | and | Akinsola Alaba Agagu1 |
1. Ekiti state university | department of political science | Faculty of the Social Sciences | ADO – EKITI | Nigeria |
This article is made freely available as part of this journal's Open Access. ID: | Ifeyinwa ManuscriptRef.1-ajiras071016 |
Background: The office of the First Lady in Nigeria has been a tumultuous one. Some of the citizens have so much disdain for the office. Their reasons for showing so much disdain for this office range from its unconstitutionality and the occupants of the office show of flamboyancy, lavishness and lack of decorum. Most of the First Ladies flaunt pet projects immediately after they assume office. The pet projects are usually funded mainly with State funds. These projects have been variously criticized as not being able to achieve their objectives of empowering vulnerable group in the society. There have been debates on whether the Office of the First Ladies should be institutionalized. This study is an attempt to assess the Office of the First Lady using the following variables: sustainability, accountability and funding, constitutionality and empowerment of vulnerable groups. Objectives: The objectives of the study are to examine the roles of First Ladies in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic. To assess these First Ladies programs in the context of sustainability, accountability and funding, constitutionality and empowerment of vulnerable groups. Methods: The study explored both primary and secondary methods of data collection. The primary data was gotten through objective and unbiased direct observation of First Ladies activities in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic. The secondary data were derived from textbooks, journals, magazines, official bulletins and Internet services. Results: It was found out that despite the deficiencies of the Office of the First Lady in Nigeria, the office has its socio – economic benefits and therefore should be institutionalized and restructured to be of greater benefit to the country. There should be in built mechanism of checking their Pet Projects accounts. There should be auditors attached to audit the account of all the money disbursed to their projects. The office of the First Lady and their structures can be made to be sustainable. They should employ staff like in civil service, who are employed on permanent basis. By so doing, even when the First Ladies leave office, they will continue from where they stopped with the incoming First Lady. Conclusion: The First Ladies, indeed have roles to play. There is need to restructure the office to be of greater benefit to the country.
Keywords: Pet projects, Gender, Women Empowerment.
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