Female member of the Oyo State House of Assembly have condemned the 57- all-men nominees for the position of Chairmen in the 33 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the state.
In separate reactions to the list, Chairman House Committee on Women Affairs, Hon. Olawumi Oladeji (Ogbomoso North) and her Finance and Appropriation counterpart, Hon. Bolanle Agbaje (Ibadan North 1) described the list as “gender biased” and an attempt to silence the women folk.
Oladeji said the make up of the list was a discrimination against women.
She said, “Women should be given the opportunity, there is no single female here, I have been in this house performing my duties likewise other women have been performing tool, Hilary Clinton performed well as Secretary of State in the USA. There are examples of women who have performed well too.
“My submission is that subsequently there should be slots for women. Women should be nominated”.
Adeyemo while responding said, “Your submission is noted, the committee has noted it, so it is inside the report and we have already noted the observation. It is part of our recommendations.
Agbaje who summoned courage to draw the attention of her colleagues, said it was wrong that there is no single woman nominated to head the council areas.
The Speaker of the male dominated house informed that suggestions raised by the two lawmakers have been noted.
Adeyemo, however, said that the fault was not from the House but from the executive, saying that the house does not have the right to nominate but to screen.
Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Bolaji Badmus (Akinyele 2) earlier in his report informed that his committee cleared 55 nominees and dropped two who could not meet up with the required certificates and screening processes.
Those that were dropped according to him are Mudasir Agbaje (Irepo LGA) and Taiwo Adeleke (Asabari LCDA).
He said the House had requested for re-nomination of two new nominees from the State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to fill the gap.