The Governor of Kwara State, Dr. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has called on state governments to include 30 percent of women in all levels of governance especially in their Ministry, Department and Agency to boost women’s participation in both state and national development.
He made the call in Abuja while on a courtesy visit to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.
According to him, women undergo a lot of challenges rising through the ranks in their places of work, as such government must create a level playing ground to encourage and empower women in the governing processes of their states.
“In MDAs we know what women go through, the abuses to get promotion and all that so that is why we recognise the fact we will promote women in MDAs, we will give them proper positions. So far we have a 50-50 balance in permanent secretaries, our aim is to have more women permanent secretaries than men”
Dr. AbdulRazaq further acknowledged the difficulties women face in politics and decried the level of exclusion of women’s participation at different stages of political processes which had undermined their contribution to democratic governance in the country.
The Minster of Women Affairs, Dame Pauine Tallen, explained that there cannot be any meaningful development without the active participation and contribution of women and appealed to State Governors to emulate Kwara state in ensuring the inclusion of women in governance for optimal National Development.
“You are appointing women to both the executive and also heading the civil services, permanent secretaries, your appointment has cut across all sectors and it is trickling down to the local government. You are leader that is leading by example and I call on other governors to emulate the good work he is doing…”
She further urged the declaration of the state of emergency by all the 36 governors on rape be put into action through the domestication of the violence Against Persons Prohibition, VAPP Act and the Child Rights Acts in their states.