Commissioners’ List: Women  Protest Exclusion At Governor’s Office

Commissioners’ List: Women Protest Exclusion At Governor’s Office

David Ugbabe

Women in Ogun State on Monday, stormed the Governor’s Office, at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, to protest the composition of the commissioners' list released by Governor Dapo Abiodun.

This follows the submission of the 18 nominees list by the Ogun State governor for the positions of commissioners to the House of Assembly for approval.

The aggrieved women who took to the streets with placards, mats and stoves to protest were unhappy. They stated that many of the past governors appointed more than 35 per cent of women and it will be retrogression if this present administration is doing anything lesser.

Protesters drawn from about 25 women groups in the state, laid siege to the entrance to the governor’s office and insisted they would not leave until their demands were met.

Speaking on behalf of the Coalition of Women in Ogun State, the convener, Dr Abiola Akiyode, said they were shocked to see the list the governor sent to the House of Assembly and think that it is an affront looking at their contribution to his emergence.

She stressed that the women rejected the commissioner-nominees list submitted by the governor on the ground that they were only given 11.5 per cent representation.

Some of the placards displayed wrote, “Gov Dapo Abiodun, 50 per cent women in your cabinet, fulfil your promise.”

Hence, the convener argued that the governor had failed to fulfil his promise of 50 per cent women representation in his cabinet.

According to her, “Women have held great positions and we have achieved a lot."

She noted that “Gbenga Daniel had about 37 per cent women representation in his cabinet and Ibikunle Amosun appointed like 45 per cent of women."

The Deputy Governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, who attended to the women assured that they were going to occupy best positions in Abiodun’s administration.

“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 the backbone of any economy and they cannot be neglected,” Noimot said.

The Deputy Governor also added that “The governor is a listening governor and he is concerned about what the people say. The governor is an all-inclusive politician that is ready to make sure Ogun State is stable."

Therefore, she urged them not to be derailed no matter what.

It was gathered that the women’s protest occurred almost the same time the commissioner-designates were being screened by the state House of Assembly few metres away on the premises.

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