ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA
ActionAid Nigeria, a Non Govenernmental Organisation which is committed to human rights and social and economic justice has decried the lopsidenedness against women , , Youths and those living with dissabilities in the list of ministerial nominees submitted to National Assembly by president Muhammadu Buhar saying it fell short of meeting the 35% affirmative action.
The Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi said her organisation is dismayed that despite the assurances by the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) and the . President Muhammadu Buhari to give women, youths and those living with disabilities adequate opportunities to contribute to nation development only seven women could make the list of 43 ministers.
The Country Director noted that by the list women constitutes insignificant 16.6 percent which is grossly inadequate for a gender that is more than 50% of the total population of the country.
It is unbelievable that rather than progressing, Nigeria is retrogressing in delivering its commitment on inclusive governance. Women constitute about 50% of Nigeria’s population, and we believe that Nigeria has qualified women who can contribute to the national development of the country.
“ActionAid Nigeria therefore calls on the President to retract the list and make it inclusive by nominating more women, youths and persons living with disability as it is not too late to do the right thing and keep to the promise made to the Nigerian citizens.
” Additionally, Mr. President should further include women, youths and persons living with disability in other positions such as Directors of Boards and institutions and heads of Departments and Agencies. We are reminding the President that the National Gender Policy is in force and it should be complied with, not just in letter but in words and actions.” She demanded.