Odumakin Advocates 35 Percent Women Representation In Buhari’s Cabinet


Joe Okei-Odumakin, president of Women Arise for Change Initiative, on Monday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that 35 percent of his next cabinet are women.

Okei-Odumakin made the appeal during an interview in Lagos.

She noted that women were unjustly sidelined by political parties in their choice of candidates for the composition of the 9th Assembly.

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“Like we have always demanded, Nigerian women must be considered for at least 35 per cent representation in government.

 “If we look at the present composition of the National Assembly, you will realise that the women folk have been unjustly treated from the choice of candidates by political parties.

 “Subsequently, election of leaders of both chambers of the assembly did not reflect any form of women representation; therefore, President Muhammadu Buhari should consider bringing, as much as possible, competent women to occupy key positions in government as he forms his next cabinet,” she said.

 The human rights lawyer said it would be commendable to have women championing politics and governance.

According to her, women are change agents, and will help to drive sustainable socio-economic development.


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