2019 ministerial list: ActionAid Nigeria demands inclusion of women, PLWD
ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), a human rights and social justice non-governmental organisation has expressed disappointment on the number of women in the Ministerial list submitted by President Muhammed Buhari to the National Assembly.
The organisation described the list as loop-sided and short of meeting the 35% Affirmative Action.
The Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria Ene Obi in press statement issued in Abuja who expressed concern said despite the promise by the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party, through Mr. President said the party is committed to inclusive governance especially ensuring that women and young people will not be excluded in decision making spaces.
She said only 7 women made the list out of the 43 nominees; this 16.6% accorded to women is grossly unrepresentative and inadequate.
According to her, it is unbelievable that rather than progressing, Nigeria is retrogressing in delivering its commitment on inclusive governance.
She said 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.
She called 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 practice,” she said.