Amina Bala Zakari: acting INEC chairman
Some Nigerian women groups have expressed concern over what they see as the neglect of women in President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent appointment of principal officers.
The women raised the concern at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.
The President of Women in Politics Forum (WIPF), Mrs Ebere Ifendu, said that the non-inclusion of women in the appointments so far made by the present administration would hamper the country’s democracy.
“We warn that this exclusion of women if not immediately checked, may lead to a situation where the generality of Nigerian women will regard themselves as outsiders in President Buhari’s administration.
“We want to sound a note of caution here, that this deliberate policy of ignoring the aspiration of Nigerian women for representation through this outright negligence or non-recognition in the scheme of things will not help the growth and sustenance of the country’s democratic project.
“It is foolhardy for anybody to believe that governance can be successful in a democratic setting in Nigeria, without the inclusion of a critical segment of its population.
“The value of having women contribute their experiences, their ideas and their skills in improving the lives of millions must be recognised.“
She urged the Buhari administration to fully implement the 35 per cent affirmative action as contained in the National Gender Policy, among other promises made to women during his campaign.
Ifendu said: “The President should appoint INEC Chairpersons and Commissioners with a clear representation of women in line with the National Gender Policy.
“In implementing the National Gender Policy, attention should be paid to integrity, intellectual capacity, credibility, administrative competency and antecedents of the appointees.
“The President (should) strengthen the Ministry of Women Affairs as an effective monitoring agency to track the delivery of results for women and girls across all ministries, departments and agencies.“
She, however, stated that …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper