Ondo women chide Ak­eredolu over ne­glect

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Bola Ojuola, Akure

Agroup, the Ondo State Women Must Count (OSWMC), has faulted the list of names of com­mis­sioner nom­i­nees sent to the House of Assem­bly by Gov­er­nor Oluwaro­timi Ak­eredolu.

The women al­leged that the gov­er­nor had ne­glected them.

The co­or­di­na­tor of the group, Mrs Olamide Falana, in com­pany of her mem­bers, yes­ter­day in Akure, lamented that women were ex­tremely marginal­ized in the list as the state house of assem­bly be­gins screen­ing of the com­mis­sioner nom­i­nees to­day.

Ak­eredolu had sent 18 names for con­fir­ma­tion but with only two women.

She said the list sig­ni­fied “a to­tal dis­re­gard to the yearn­ings of women in the state,” who she said ini­tially had high hopes of a bet­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Falana, who was the gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of Demo­cratic Peo­ples Party (DPP) in the Novem­ber 26, 2016 gov­er­nor­ship poll, said con­sid­er­ing their nu­mer­i­cal strength, hav­ing two women as cab­i­net mem­bers was un­ac­cept­able.

Aside al­leged marginal­iza­tion, the women also crit­i­cized pur­ported lop­sided dis­tri­bu­tion in pre­vi­ous ap­point­ments by the gov­er­nor.

Mean­while, the Chief Press Sec­re­tary to the gov­er­nor, Mr Se­gun Aji­boye, s a i d it was not true the gov­er­nor had side­lined women.

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