Ondo Guber: Women Demand Deputy Gov's Slot | Independent Newspaper Nigeria

2024-05-09 20:43:56

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AKURE - In preparation for the November 16, 2024 gubernatorial election, Ondo State women groups on Thursday held inaugural meeting in Akure calling on governorship candidates of all political parties in the state to pick female running mates.

The women held held their inaugural meeting in with a view to ensuring women secure substantial appointments in the forthcoming state cabinet.

The meeting, which was tagged "Agitation For Gender Balance and Inclusiveness In Governance," had women from different sectors who are interested in politics to deliberate on how they could get fair share of political offices, both elective amd non-elective.

In a communique issued and signed by the convener, Mrs. Adebimpe Adeniyi, the women also called for a more gender-sensitive and all-inclusive government policies and programmes

Speaking at the meeting, Mrs. Tola Awo, a former commissioner for information in the state encouraged women to acquire academic knowledge in order for them to be able to qualify for elective and non-elective positions.

At the end of the meeting, the women issued a communique listing their demands.

The communique reads in parts: "Despite the immeasurable contributions of women to the restoration of democracy and national growth and development, Nigerian women have been relegated and reduced to the back seats in both elective and appointed positions.

"Since 1999, when Nigeria transitioned from military rule to democratic governance, women have yet to occupy up to 15 percent of elective positions in a country where the voting population of women is equal to, if not more than, men.

"We must, however, acknowledge that women have been nominated and elected as deputy governors in some states in Nigeria. In the South West, only Ondo state, which prides itself as the intellectual base of the region, is yet to provide an opportunity for a female deputy governor.

"After extensive deliberation during the Inaugural Meeting, we have resolved and demanded nomination of women as deputy governorship candidates of all the participating political parties in the 2024 Governorship Election of Ondo state.

"An increased budgetary allocation for the State Ministry of Women Affairs.

"The justifiable agitation and legitimate demand, particularly regarding the nomination of women as deputy governorship candidates from all participating political parties, will persist until it is met and complied with by all political parties in the state. Using the unique Yoruba word 'Odatiwa' for inclusiveness while simultaneously confining women to the 'other room' is contradictory and unacceptable.

"A complete and total abandonment of all forms of discrimination - cultural, religious, and traditional - against the girl child in Ondo state.

"A more gender-sensitive and all-inclusive government policies and programmes across all sectors.

Full implementation of all gender balance-related legislations, including the National Gender Policy - Affirmative Action, by allotting 35 percent of appointments in the public sector to women.

"Free and quality healthcare services for pregnant women and children under age 0-6."

Prominent women in the state who were present at the meeting include Chief Mrs. Bolade Eko-Davies, who represented the Iyaloja General of Nigeria, Folasade Tinubu-Ojo, Aare Iyaloja of Ondo State, Chief Mrs. Nike Aroloye, Mrs. Tola Awo, a former commissioner in the state, Chief Mrs. Adu Olufunke, Iyaloja General of APC, Jumoke Akorode, Abimola Osifeso, Toying Akinmoyo among others.

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