Nigerian women emphasize need 35 percent women in ministerial list

Nigerian Women at a media programme organized by the first Nigerian Women Radio have called on President Bola Tinubu to consider appointment of 35 percent of women in his ministerial cabinet as pledged during his campaign

Penpushing reports that Chief Executive Officer of NWTF,Mufuliat Fijabi in her remarks noted that Nigerians expressed concerns over the President’s commitment to affirmative action in view of the recent appointments he made where only 25% women are special assistants and a meagre 15% of women were personal aides.

The National President of FIDA, Amina Agbaje echoed the need for gender equity and transparency in the President’s list urging women groups to send a delegation to the first lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu to lobby for the consideration of the 35% quota system for women on the ministerial list.

The National President of National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Ladi Bala emphasised that media engagements were critical to keeping the advocacy for 35% affirmative action for women ongoing to garner the attention it deserves.

Penpushing also reports that Hon Adewunmi Onanuga, Deputy Chief Whip House of Representatives expressed her confidence in the President to deliver on his promises on the ministerial list while Barrister Jamila Babuba, All Progressives Congress(APC) Professional Women North East Coordinator, expressed assurance that the President would appoint at least 35% women in his cabinet.

The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) member and Social Justice Advocate, Chikas Kumle highlighted the critical role of women in an inclusive government urging Tinubu to include at least 35% of All Progressives Congress(APC) women on his ministerial list.

Penpushing reports that Programmes Officer WRAPA; Nigeria, Zainab Abdulrasheed, highlighted the importance of inclusive advocacy on behalf of marginalised and excluded voices in implementing the 35% affirmative action to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

The former Deputy Director NHRC, Saka Azimazi called for grassroots advocacy and male support to achieve affirmative action for women at all levels of government, while Enebi Opaluwa, Senior Research and Policy Analyst BudgIT lamented the absence of women in policy-making processes in Nigeria.

Penpushing further reports that the All Progressives Congress(APC) campaign action plan for a better Nigeria gave assurances to increase women’s participation to at least 35 per cent in all government positions.

Meanwhile, organizer of the programme noted that no government since the fourth Republic has achieved the appointment of 35 per cent women as Ministers, but expressed optimism that Tinubu will achieve this feat by appointing 35% females in his ministerial cabinet for the benefit, progress and development of Nigeria because having 35 per cent women as ministers is good governance and shows fairness.

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