Women insist on 35% affirmative action from Buhari’s administration
THE Borno State Women, Peace and Security Group (BWPSG) in the state yesterday urged President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC) to strictly abide with the 35 per cent affirmative action for women on ministerial appointments already implemented by President Goodluck Jonathan in the last six years.
Addressing a news conference in Maiduguri yesterday, the President of BWPSG, Hajiya Hauwa Ahmed, said that the President-elect should as a matter of “policy and consistency” appoint more women into his APC administration that will be inaugurated on May 29, 2015.
Her words: “Now that our retired General has been duly elected as our President on the platform of APC, representatives of women groups and other associations in Borno State demand that the 35 per cent affirmative action be retained for women from each of the six geo-political zones of the country to ensure ‘equity, justice and fair-play’ in moving Nigeria forward.”
More women, according to her, should be carried along at various levels of government, particularly the Federal Government. It is by doing so that women could occupy their rightful places or positions in nation-building and effectively compete among the comity of nations at the international level.
She, however, said that despite the challenges faced by the people of Borno State, particularly women and girls as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency, has traumatised all peace-loving citizens.
“The women NGOs in the state are still working persistently to ensure that women and girls exercise their choices in education, politics, income generation and productivity,” said Hauwa.
While appealing to Gen. Buhari, she said: “We also make a passionate appeal to the incoming administration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to speed up the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in order not to lose momentum introduced by the current administration to rid the country from all forms of terrorists’ activities in the North-East sub-region.”
She also appreciated the continued support provided by the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) towards achieving zero violence against women and girls, stating: “The Borno State government too, should be commended for the resettlement and upkeep of the Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri and Biu camps.”