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We are being marginalized, Ondo women cry out

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A group of women in Ondo State have kicked against the list of 18 commissioner-nominees sent to the Ondo State House Assembly by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

The women accused the governor of being biased in his nomination.

Recall that Governor Akeredolu on Tuesday sent the names of the 18 commissioner nominees to the Ondo State House of Assembly for confirmation.

The list comprised 16 males and two females.

The women, under the aegis of Ondo State Women Must Count, strongly faulted the development, stressing that they were being marginalised by the governor.

In a statement issued in Akure, the state capital, the leader of the group, Mrs Olamide Falana, complained that the inclusion of just two women in the list of 18 commissioner-nominees was unacceptable.

She said, “We express our displeasure and find unacceptable the recent list of commissioners submitted by Governor Akeredolu to the state House of Assembly for screening.

“The list shows a total disregard for the yearning of the women of the state who hitherto had very high hopes of better representation in numbers in the leadership of the state .”

Falana also faulted alleged lopsidedness in the previous appointments made by the governor, saying, “The government is merely paying lip service to issues of gender parity promised in its manifesto.

“This is the worst among all APC-governed states where women have better deals, as gender is not seen as a consideration in the development of Ondo State; whereas no nation can develop to its full potential if major stakeholders are not allowed the space for due representation and participation .”

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“We demand the 35 percent affirmative action in all government appointments,” Falana declared.

In his reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Segun Ajiboye, said Akeredolu was a true democrat who recognised the role played by women during the election period and would never marginalise them.

He said, “Women will still get more appointments and it is important that we exercise patience and continue to support the governor in the task of moving the state forward.

During the campaign and even since inauguration, he (governor) has consistently eulogised the role 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 .”

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