By Ahmed Ahmed, Bauchi
A Forum of Civil Society Organisations, Executive Directors (CSOs-EDs) in Bauchi on Saturday decried inadequate percentage of women in Governor Bala Mohammed appointments.
Malam Sodangi Chindo who is the chairman of Civil Society Organisation Executive Directors Forum Bauchi state urged Mohammed to include more women in his cabinet.
According to him, we feel sad because the women folk seem to be discriminated upon and marginalized in the governor’s appointments.
“Women representation is less 0. 5 percent and is grossly inadequate,” he said
He said out of the 46 appointments made by the governor 20 local government caretakers Chairman, 20 Commissioners 6 Advisers had only one women as commissioner not adequate.
“This is contrary to Governor Mohammed campaign promises of inclusive Governance.
“If position were to shared based on number of votes cast you will agree with us that women will occupy more position in his cabinet than the men folk would.
“Because more women than men actually voted him into power , therefore we have women who are equally qualified in the state,” he said.
Mr Chindo Commended the governor for timely appointments of caretaker Chairmen of the local government areas , adding that this will improve the long neglected local government.
He stressed that the Governor should expedite action in line with his campaign promises to conduct local government election in the 1st 6 months of his tenure.
He also lauded the steps taken by Governor Mohammed for declaring emergency on health sector noting that is a right step in the right direction.
The Chairman CSOs-EDs forum urged the governor to also declared the same to the education sector that will solve challenges in education.
He however said the forum congratulates the appointments of Special Adviser on multilateral and NGOs matters in person of Dr Sani Malami an expertise in that sector