Women in Kaduna metropolis have appealed to Governor Nasir el-Rufai and his deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, to give them 40 per cent appointment into the next State Executive Council (SEC).
The women, who made the call yesterday in Kaduna when they reactedto el-Rufai’s re-election, described the governor as women equality advocate who acknowledged the potential of women in nation-building.
They expressed the optimism that their demand would be answered following el-Rufai’s administration promotion of gender equality and women empowerment programmes in the last four years.
According to them, the governor’s decision to pick a woman as his deputy is a clear indication of his effort to create a level playing field for women to contribute to the development of the state.
One of the women, Ms Sabeera Aliyu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the governor had promised to continue promoting gender equality in the state if re-elected.
According to her, the promise attracted huge support of women to the governor’s re-election.
She added that the 40 per cent appointment to women would redeem the governor’s promise.
“It will also provide the needed opportunity for women to bring their talent to the table for sustainable development in the state.
“The government should appoint more women and shoulder them with the responsibility of empowering their fellows women through education, skills acquisition and financial support.
Similarly, Ms Hassana Sulaiman, a writer and a novelist, said that 40 per cent slot, if approved, would improve women participation in the political process in the state.
“The issue of gender equality is a movement to ensure that qualified women contest and hold political positions without any form of oppression.
“Women across the world have held positions and have done excellently well. I can also say that the decision to give the deputy governor’s seat to a woman in Kaduna State was borne out of the impressive performance of the few women that worked in the el-Rufai-led government,” Sulaiman said.
On her part, Ms Hauwa Muhammad, called on the government to continue its laudable efforts of equipping the girl child with sound and qualitative education at no cost.
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