…Gives 3-days Ultimatum or face mass action
Women Coalition led by Women Advocacy and Research Documentation Centre, (WARDC) fires the Ogun cabinet list of Governor Dapo Abiodun describing it as questionable and an affront on the women who sacrificed to ensure victory at the Polls for the Governor.
In a petition titled: “Open Letter to The Executive Governor of Ogun State, HE Dr Dapo Abiodun On the Absence of 35% Women In The commissioner Nominees Transmitted to The State House of Assembly”, the women gave the governor three days to consider their demand of ensuring 35% inclusion of women in his cabinet or face mass action.
The expiration of the ultimatum lasts by midnight of Sunday, December 15 2019.
The women coalition letter was undersigned by: Dr. Abiola Akiyode –Afolabi, Women Advocates research and Documentation
Center (WARDC), Ms Kemi Asiwaju-Okeyondo – The Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative, Ms. Ireti Disu – Justice Development and Peace Commission and Mrs Doyin Ogunbiyi – Voice of Ogun Women
The Petition was Signed for and on behalf of 34 other women groups and Organisation of Ogun Indigene among which include: ADEM Community & Human Development Foundation, ATATA Development and Empowerment Foundation (ADEF), Community Education Advancement of Peace and Development Initiative (CEAPDI), Courageous People Health and Development Initiative (CPHDL), Federation of Informal Workers of Nigeria (FIWON), Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN), Federation of Paralegal Network (FEDPAN), Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA),Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN), Girl Education Rehabilitation and Care (GERAC), Gender Development Initiative (GENDI), Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria, Hope for New Life Organisation, Iyaniwura Children Care Foundation, Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Justice Development and Peace Mission (JDPM) and More Women in Politics.
Some other organisations who co-signed the petition are: National Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ), National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Ogayem Merciful Care and Support Initiatives (OMCSI), Ogun Women Alive, Peasant Dragnet, Ray’s of Hope Community Foundation, The Priceless Jewels Foundation, The Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative, Tunde and Friends foundation, Voice of Ogun Women (VOW), Women Advocacy, HIV Prevention and Other Diseases (WAHPOD), Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC), Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON),Women for Peace and Gender Equality Initiative (WOPEGI) , Women Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN) and Women, Infants and Children Care Initiative (WICCI)
All the women noted, “this current move by the governor has in every way questioned the integrity and the will to keep to promises and women see this as an affront”.
They reminded the Governor about his numerous promises that the cabinet will comprise 50% women “which your excellency, made at different fora in the presence of the Nigerian media.
“May we also remind the Governor about our open letter on the above subject on the 27th of July 2019 and subsequent protest by women in the state to the Governor’s office, where they were received by the Deputy Governor, HE, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele and the public assurances made to the mammoth crowd of women representatives”.
The women equally pointed out the critical role women played in ensuring the governor’s victory at the polls noting that women in Ogun State had never had it so bad in the past four administrations the ruled in the state.
The letter stated in part: “Former Governor Gbenga Daniel and Governor Ibikunle Amosun had 37% and 45% women respectively in the cabinet. The proposed number of nominees by the Governor is less than 12% and is totally unacceptable by any standards”.
The women Coalition therefore urged the governor to emulate the Governor of Kwara State and other progressive Governors who had ensured, irrespective of all odds, to be inclusive in their nominations and appointments of various persons including women and young people.
The women who promised to continue to suport the governor to succeed however warned “but we will ensure we demand that he ‘leaves no one behind!
“We therefore urge the leadership of the House of Assembly to show progressive leadership by failing to confirm these nominations until we have the proper composition that truly reflects a democracy” the petition states.