Commissioners List: Women Storm Ogun Governor's Office, Assembly, Demand 35% Representation - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Monday, December 16, 2019

Commissioners List: Women Storm Ogun Governor's Office, Assembly, Demand 35% Representation

Dr. Akiyode Abiola addressing journalists at the Assembly complex
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA -  Some women under the umbrella of Coalition of More Women in Governance of Ogun State (COWAOS) on Monday stormed the governor's office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta to demand for 35 per cent representation in the cabinet of the state governor, Dapo Abiodun.  

The women numbering about 500 laid siege at the entrance of the governor's office and refuse to leave despite presence of heavy security personnel.  

The women were armed with placards with various inscriptions which include: Gov Dapo Abiodun 50 per cent women in your cabinet, fulfil your promise; on 35 per cent or more we stand!  No less!; Tokenism is unacceptable; 11.1 per cent women in your cabinet is unacceptable, among others. 

THE ENCOUNTER NEWS reports that, some of the women were seen with mats and stoves as they insisted they will not leave the entrance until their demands are met.  

Speaking on behalf of the Coalition of women in Ogun state, the convener, Dr. Abiola Akiyode said the women rejected the commissioner nominees list submitted by the governor on the ground that there is only 11.5 per cent women representation.  
Akiyode argued that the governor has refused to fulfill his promise of 50 per cent women representation in his cabinet.  

She described the list as an affront to women in the state, adding that the women of the state are angry with the governor. 

She submitted that the women would not leave the governor's office premises until their demand is met.  

She further said the governor must not take the state to retogression through some of his decision.  

She maintained that the governor must be ready to build on the legacies of his predecessors in appointments of members of his cabinet.  

She said, "We are back here because we are concern about the number of women the governor has appointed in his cabinet.  
"Many of the governors in the past have appointed more than 35 per cent and it will be a retogression if this present administration is doing anything lesser.  

"Gbenga Daniel had  about 37 per cent women representation in his governance and Ibikunle Amosun appointed like 45 per cent of women. Women have held great positions and we have achieved a lot.  
The protesters armed the governor's office, Abeokuta
"We were shocked to see the list the governor sent to the House of Assembly and we think this is an affront looking at our contribution to his emergence. 

"We want to say here and we want the governor to come and give us the actual fact that our demand would be met.  

"The governor cannot afford to leave or abandon us.  We want at least 35 per cent women representation."

Addressing the angrieved protesters, the deputy governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele said the governor is gender sensitive and would ensure large appointment of women in his cabinet.   

Salako-Oyedele assured the women that they are going to occupy best positions in the Abiodun's administration.  

She urged them not to get derail because there are many positions to be occupied by women.

She said, "The governor is a listening given to and he is concern  about what the people say.  

"The governor is all inclusive politicians that is ready to make sure Ogun state us stable.  

"We need the best people for the job and women are going to have the best place in this government.  

"Majority of the appointment made so far are women because this government believe women are backbone of any economic that cannot be neglected.  

"We would ensure the remaining places to be occupied are largely dominated by women. 

"Don't be derail, we gave gotten many opportunities for women in the state because we are concern about what will make our women better. "

Earlier, the women had gone to the state House of Assembly to advised them to reject the commissioner nominees list sent by the governor.  

The women in their large numbers have urged the members not to screen the commisoner nominees of the governor. 

They stressed that the Assembly must ensure that their resolution of 35 per cent women representation is fulfilled by the governor.  

In his reaction, the Speaker, Kunle Oluomo said they will look into the demands of the women and ensure that proper actions are taking.  

The speaker who was represented by the Majority leader, Hon. Victor Elemide argued that women have dominated most of the appointments the governor has made.  

He however said the assembly  would meet with the governor and deliberate on how more women can be added to the commisoner nominees list and other appointments.   


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