IPAC establishes directorates for women, youths, PWDs

The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) says it has established three directorates dedicated to promoting the interests of women, youths, and people with disabilities (PWDs).

IPAC National Chairman, Mr. Yusuf Dantalle, disclosed this at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.


Dantalle presented the scorecard of the council in the last 90 days, under his leadership, at the news conference.


Dantalle said that the directorates were established in recognition of the importance of inclusivity and to ensure that the voices of underrepresented groups were heard and considered within the council.

“Being the first IPAC leadership to achieve three elected women in council as provided by the Code of Conduct, the IPAC is set to pursue inclusivity and good governance for political parties.

“IPAC state elections have been concluded in about 30 states of Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“IPAC is also happy to announce the election of the first woman IPAC State Chairman in Lagos State,” he said.

Dantalle also announced that under his watch, the council had constituted standing committees as outlined in the IPAC Code of Conduct, aiming to work collaboratively towards achieving set goals.

The council chairman added that ad hoc committees had also been set up to drive specific programmes and activities of the council.

He also said that within the 90 days of his leadership, IPAC had made significant strides in various areas, including the vacation of the court order against the democratically elected executive of the council.

He said that his leadership had also garnered support from stakeholders to foster unity within the organisation, while post-election visits to party national chairmen were ongoing.

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Dantalle added that IPAC was enhancing partnerships with stakeholders under his watch, as evident in its visit to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Jos, Plateau.

He said that the working visit led to the development of a collaborative two-day workshop for national chairmen and national women leaders by NIPSS in Abuja, supported by the Mac Arthur Foundation.

“The programme aimed at institutionalising behaviour-change approaches to reduce corruption in politics.

“There was also strategic engagement with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, resulting in a three-day retreat at the Eko Hotel in Lagos, where IPAC developed its first-ever four-year strategic plan.

“This ground-breaking initiative aims to provide a roadmap for the council’s future activities and realisation of its goals and objectives,’’ he said.

Dantalle said that IPAC had also engaged with the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Abubaka Bagudu, to advocate increased funding in key sectors, such as education, health, agriculture, and for the council.

“This demonstrates the council’s commitment to addressing critical issues affecting the nation.

“The council also engaged in discussions with the Kukah Foundation, signaling its openness to collaboration with various stakeholders to advance its agenda of deepening democracy in Nigeria,” he said.

Dantalle said that the council was also strengthening its relationship with the Chinese Embassy, which had opened up vistas of opportunity for new slots of international capacity building for party leaders.

“Overall, under this leadership, IPAC has demonstrated proactive measures to address challenges, foster collaboration, and set strategic directions for the council’s future, growth, and impact,” he said. (NAN)

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