Bauchi gov, Bala Muhammed accused of sidelining women

A pressure group in Bauchi state known as ‘Women Coalition for Sustainable Peace and Viable Democratic Gains’ has accused the state governor, Bala Mohammed of sidelining women from his administration, ‘despite constituting the major nucleus of his election in 2019’.

The group in a press release by its chairperson Fatima Umar who made the accusation also alleged that even the 30 percent slot that his party pledged to give women in terms of political appointments is yet to be redeemed.

“You know, we have one commissioner, one adviser, and two chairpersons of agencies and a board member out of the over 100 political appointments in the state, made up of 20 commissioners, 20 local government councils Chairmen, 20 council administrative secretaries, 9 board members for SUBEB and local government service Commission and the BACYWORD Chairman.

“None  of the foregoing key MDAs women are supposed to occupy is allocated to them”. She said. 

According to the coalition, other appointments that include five special advisers, SSG, amongst others have not also captured women in the state.

The group opined that women played a vital role in bringing the present government, saying sidelining them into the scheme of things would not be tolerated further.

“In associations, cooperatives and other social groups, women are given the positions of treasurers and financial secretaries because of their trustworthiness; we believed that our governor is ill advised to neglect women.” She decried.