Ogun cabinet list: Women group protests poor inclusion women …my govt committed to fair deal for women, Abiodun

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Femi Adeleke

Abeokuta

 

An Advocacy Group, Coalition of More Women in Governance in Ogun, on Monday, staged a protest to the Ogun Assembly to demand for more inclusion of women in the State Governor’s cabinet list forwarded to the Assembly.

 

 

Speaking on behalf of the group, Dr. Abiola Akinyode, said that women in the state were disappointed with the number of women who made the commissioner-nominee list submitted to the House by Gov. Dapo Abiodun.

 

 

 

Akinyode who spoke at the Assembly’s complex in Abeokuta, stated that the group would not accept the list, saying that there should be at least 35 per cent of women in the list.

 

 

 

She explained that the assembly had passed a resolution sometimes in October calling on the state government to give women 35 per cent affirmative in governance.

 

 

 

“On 35 per cent or more we stand. That is why we are here. Governance must have peoples face and it must be inclusive.

 

 

 

“Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) talks about gender equality and we want the governor to do the needful. You are not elected to be rubber stamp but to represent the people well,” she said.

 

 

 

Responding, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, the Speaker , commended the group for the peaceful protest.

 

 

 

Oluomo, represented by Mr Oludaisi Elemide, Chairman, House Committee on Transportation, noted that the House actually passed a resolution on 35 per cent affirmative for women in governance.

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The speaker noted that the resolution was an advise to the Executive and not a law, saying that the message of the group would be conveyed to the governor as soon as possible.

 

 

 

“I want to tell you that not only commissioners makes the cabinet, we have Advisers and we also have Consultants and we have more women in this regard,” he said.

 

 

 

The speaker advised the protesters to also take the protest to the governor’s office, saying that the assembly would also do the needful as regards there demands.

 

 

The Governor on Thursday forwarded 18 names of commissioner-nominees which had only two women to the House for confirmation.

 

 

Meanwhile Governor Abiodun has assured that more women would be brought into the state Executive Council, as well as agencies and boards in the state.

Abiodun, who noted that the recently released commissioners list was not exhaustive, said that new commissionership positions reserved exclusively for women would be unveiled shortly.
The Governor gave this assurance in a statement released in Abeokuta, the state capital, on Monday, said that the interests of women remained at the forefront of his administration’s agenda and that his promise that women would play a pivotal role in his administration remained irreversible.
He pointed out that the choice of a female, Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele, as  his deputy was to drive women-focused programmes in the state, adding that already, a number of his Special Advisers and cabinet-rank members were women.
He added that  in addition to appointing women in office as Senior Special Assistants and special assistants, his administration’s recent appointment of Mrs Amope Chokor as  the state Head of Service was a practical demonstration of his firm belief in and recognition of the brilliance, intelligence and commitment of women to the development of the State.

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