Cab­i­net: women groups write abio­dun, de­mand 35% rep­re­sen­ta­tion

The Punch - - NEWS - Fri­day Olokor

Acoali­tion of women rights or­gan­i­sa­tions on Satur­day is­sued a three­day ul­ti­ma­tum to Gover­nor Dapo Abio­dun of Ogun State to nom­i­nate more women in his cab­i­net.

They said it was un­ac­cept­able for the gover­nor to in­clude only two women out of the 17 com­mis­sioner-nom­i­nees he sent for con­fir­ma­tion to the state house of As­sem­bly. They said this was in con­trast to his prom­ise to have at least 35 per cent of women in his gov­ern­ment.

In an open let­ter to the gover­nor, they also asked the lead­er­ship of the As­sem­bly to “show pro­gres­sive lead­er­ship” by not con­firm­ing the nom­i­nees un­til the gen­der com­po­si­tion was re­viewed.

The let­ter, dated De­cem­ber 13, was signed by the Founder/ Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Women Ad­vo­cates re­search and Doc­u­men­ta­tion cen­tre, Dr Abi­ola Akiyode–afo­labi; ms Kemi Asi­waju-okeyondo (The rule of Law and Em­pow­er­ment Ini­tia­tive), ms Ireti Disu (Jus­tice De­vel­op­ment and Peace com­mis­sion) and Doyin Ogun­biyi (Voice of Ogun Women).

The let­ter partly read, “We be­lieve that through these ac­tions, Your Ex­cel­lency have failed to keep to your prom­ise of en­sur­ing gen­der eq­uity through at least 35 per cent in­clu­sion of women in your gov­ern­ment.

We were sur­prised that out of 17 com­mis­sioner-nom­i­nees, only two are women.

“We kindly want to re­mind the gover­nor about the prom­ises that the cab­i­net will com­prise 50 per cent women, which Your Ex­cel­lency made at dif­fer­ent fora in the pres­ence of the Nige­rian me­dia.

“may we also re­mind the gover­nor about our open let­ter on the above sub­ject on July 27 2019 and the sub­se­quent protest by women in the state to the gover­nor’s of­fice, where they were re­ceived by the Deputy Gover­nor, mrs Noimot Salako-oyedele, and the pub­lic as­sur­ances made to the mam­moth crowd of women rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“may we fur­ther re­mind Your Ex­cel­lency, of the crit­i­cal role women played in en­sur­ing your vic­tory at the polls and also that in the last four ad­min­is­tra­tions; to wit, former gover­nor Gbenga Daniel and Se­na­tor Ibikunle Amo­sun had 37 per cent and 45 per cent women re­spec­tively in the cab­i­net. The pro­posed num­ber of nom­i­nees by the gover­nor is less than 12 per cent and is to­tally un­ac­cept­able by any stan­dard.”

They said more women in lead­er­ship would fa­cil­i­tate sus­tain­able democ­racy and de­vel­op­ment.

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