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ONDO : Women Group Protests Non Inclusion In Governance

Group kicks against alleged marginalisation of women in the appointment of local government council by Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

A women right group in the state, Women Must Count an (NGO), has kicked against the alleged marginalisation of women in the appointment of the local government council by Governor Olusegun Mimiko. This is contained in the statement made available to journalists in Akure by the national coordinator of the group, Olamide Falana, who accused Governor Mimiko of a deliberate attempt to push the women out of politics in the state.

She posits that “Ondo state women must count’ as a pressure group that insists on the political rights of women based on the belief that women must count beyond voting rights to inclusiveness in governance process and administration.”

According to her: “we hereby protest the continuous, deliberate and unfortunate marginalisation of women in Ondo state which is even more evident in the recent appointment and swearing of 16 local government council caretaker bosses who are all men.

“The group is aware of the antics aimed at propagating exclusion of women at the grassroots and state politics to which we are not in support and declare totally unacceptable to our folk” Falana who recounted that in the same vein, the wife of the President, Mrs Aishat Buhari, recently vented her displeasure in Abuja during the reception organised in honour of Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers State.

Buhari expressed great dissatisfaction over the decline in the number of female representatives in the 8th Assembly, which she said negates the objectives of 35 percent affirmative action towards 2019. “Supporting women to contest elective positions has become imperative as the number of female legislators have declined because some if they lost their seats during the last general elections.

As the number of female legislature declines, we wish the men in Nigeria will support the women to attain the 35 percent affirmative action in 2019,” she said. The First lady noted that if Nigeria would attain that great height by 2019, the men have to support and allow the women to attain significant elective posts at all levels in the nation.

The NGO boss remarked that “it is such a surprise that a government that claims to be gender balanced in words, has a stance that negates against women when issues of political appointments occurs.” Her words: “It is evident that the recent appointments of LGA caretaker chairmen is a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise, alienate and make irrelevant women in the political landscape of Ondo State.

“We therefore call on the Governor of Ondo state Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and the leadership of People Democratic Party (PDP) to reassess the appointments and enforce inclusiveness and gender balance as the local government elections draw near,” she said.

Reacting to the allegation, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Mimiko, Eni Akinsola, refuted the allegation, stating emphatically that the present administration is the most gender sensitive and has involved women in politics since its creation in 1976.

He noted that the Mimiko administration produced the first female speaker of the state Assembly, Jumoke Akindele, who got a second term ticket and still re-elected as the third most influential personality in the state.



-Bisi Longe Akure

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