Nigeria is a state that is yet to harness the full potential of all the segments of its vast population. One of
the most untapped human resources in Nigeria today is women. This is despite the various measures
that have been taken put by both government and non-governmental institutions and organizations.
The United Nations in the year 2000 came up with Millennium Declaration which seeks to promote
principles of human dignity, equality and equity. The goals place human well-being and poverty
reduction at the center of global development objectives with the goal three at the heart of actualizing
all other goals. The goal-3 emphasizes promotion of gender equality and women empowerment. The
targets of its achievement include the equality or balance of proportion of seats held by women in
national parliament against that of men. Although Nigeria is one of the 185 United Nations member
states that signed the Millennium Declaration, significant progress does not seem to have been made in
the achievement of the goal in five years time which is 2015. Women are grossly underrepresented in
Nigerian politics. The percentage of women is in the National Assembly is still not yet up to 9%. The poor economic foundation of women hinders women’s participation in the National Assembly. Lack of
education impedes women’s participation in politic as seen in the National Assembly. It denies women
high class employment opportunities which would make them economically buoyant. Given the
prevalent situation, this research set out to asses the extent of women’s representation in the National
Assembly in achievement of the Millennium Development Goal-3 by the year 2015.