…Say, Governor Insincere & Insensitive
Women Indigene of Ogun State under the umbrella of “Voice of Ogun Women (VOW) have slammed Governor Dapo Abiodun’s cabinet list sent before the House of Assembly saying, “the list is not gender sensitive”
In a press statement signed by the group’s Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Olufunke Fadugba, the women expressed shock, deep concern and displeasure over the failure of the governor to fulfil his promise to constitute “a gender sensitive cab
VOW had prior to the Gubernatorial elections in the state organised a debate for aspirants where the governor as a candidate of APC categorically noted that if voted, his administration shall be gender sensitive.
On assumption of office as Governor he had reiterated the promise that if not 50 per cent, at least 40 per cent of his cabinet members would be dominated by women.
VOW recalled Governor Abiodun ‘s reaffirmation as quoted in the media while responding to questions from stakeholders at the town hall meeting on the 2020 budget held in Ilaro, Yewa South local government area of the state of his gender-friendly disposition whenever he names his cabinet.
The women group had similarly paid solidarity visit to the Governor’s office on the issue and were received by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele who paid glowing tributes to the worthy legacies of women in Ogun State and promised to convey the feelings of the women to the Governor.
The Ogun women expressed disappointment in the cabinet list to the State Assembly noting, “it fell short of recognising the very significant roles of women in the growth and development of the society, particularly Ogun state”.
VOW challenged the Governor who during the Ilaro town hall meeting acknowledged the immense contribution of women to the growth of the society of being insincere and insensitive.
Governor Abiodun had noted that women played significant role in the growth and development of every part of the state including Ilaro.
VOW in the statement wondered why politicians will continue to take the electorate for a ride by making promises they knew from the onset would be unfulfilled by them.
The women expressed their betrayal of trust by the Governor with the token inclusion of two (2) women in the list of 18 nominees representing 11.1 percent a shortfall of 38.9% of the Governor’s promise and a defiance of 23.9% of the affirmative action to have 35% of women in governments.
VOW views Abiodun’s action as a gross under representation of the women folk as promised by the Governor describing it as “highly disappointing.”
The women advised the Governor to immediately redeem his promise and give Ogun women a sense of belonging in the affairs of the state.
“VOW demands that Mr Governor walk the talk by appointing more worthy women into his cabinet and to head various MDAs in Ogun state.