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2 Aug 2017

Ondo Women reject Commissioner’s list by Governor Akeredolu

Women in Ondo State, under the aegis of Ondo State Women must Count (OSWMC), have kicked against the names of commissioner nominee sent to the House of Assembly by the state government for confirmation.

The National Coordinator of the group, Mrs Olamide Falana, who led some other women groups in in Akure, the state capital Wednesday, expressed dismay over alleged marginalization of Women in the list.

Ondo state governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Tuesday forwarded a list of commissioner nominees to the Assembly containing 18 nominees, with only two women expected to appear before the legislators for screening tomorrow.

The women group said “We express our displeasure and find unacceptable the recent list of commissioners submitted by the Governor of Ondo state, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to the state House of Assembly for screening.

“The said list shows a total disregard to the yearnings of the women of the state who hitherto had very high hopes of a better representation in numbers in the leadership of the state especially with the new thinking the governor professed.”

Falana, who was the governorship candidate of Democratic People’s Party (DPP) in the November 26, 2016 guber poll, said the inclusion of just two women out of 18 commissioner nominees was unacceptable.

They also accused the state government of discriminating against women in the previous appointments, saying “the government is merely paying lip service to issues of gender parity promised in its manifestoes.

According to them, this is getting worst among all APC governed states where women have better deals as gender is not seen as a consideration in development of Ondo state whereas no nation can develop to its full potentials if major stakeholders are not allowed the space for due representation and participation.”

They demanded an urgent change in the development, which have only Mrs Omowumi Olatunji-Edet from Akure South and Mrs Lola Fagbemi from Ondo West, same Central Senatorial District.

They demanded the 35 percent affirmative action in all government appointments, calling on Governor Akeredolu, his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, the party leader, Ade  Adetimehin to act quickly to in order to avert further actions from entire women of the state .

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Segun Ajiboye, had earlier announced the appointments of nine special advisers, two senior special assistants and four special assistants.

Ajiboye said it was in accordance with section 192 of the 1999 constitution (as amended), as part of the strategies to boost the administration’s efforts and provide the much-expected good governance for the state.

Governor Akeredolu, in a letter to the Speaker of the House, Bamidele Oleyelogun, noted that the nominees represent each of the 18 councils of the state.

On the allegation of female marginalization by the Akeredolu-led government, Ajiboye refuted it saying, “This cannot be true. As a true democrat, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, is well aware of the role of women in electoral process.

“During the campaign and even since inauguration, he has consistently eulogised the role the women played during the election.

“And he has demonstrated this in the choice of women he has appointed as commissioner-nominees, special advisers and special assistants.

“It is important the we exercise patience and continue to support the governor in the task of moving the state forward,” he said.

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