The Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Malawi, Mrs A’isha Adams says it’s disappointing that Africa has not produced any homemade vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Malawi Lawmaker, made the remark while addressing the members of the House of Representatives of Nigeria during plenary.
Mrs Adams stressed the need for Nigeria as the giant of Africa to take the lead in scientific research to tackle such pandemics across the African continent.
She explained that she was in the country to observe how Nigeria operates parliament even during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Malawi lawmaker, also expressed disappointment at the low ratio of female parliamentarians to the male counterparts in Nigeria, in contrast with Malawi where both the speaker, deputy speaker and clerk of their Parliament are women.
Aisha Adams urged Nigerian female parliamentarians to defeat their inner fear and rise to use their positions to fight for that which is greater than themselves.
She also called for more female participation in politics and leadership so they can use the position of leadership to fight gender-based discrimination, violence and encourage female development.