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Minister laments exclusion of women in Bauchi Assembly

By Rukayat Akanbi

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Asks Governor Mohammed to empower more women. Minister for Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen has urged Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed to appoint and empower more women in his cabinet. Pauline who was in Bauchi on Thursday on a working visit and to commend the State Assembly over the passage of the Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) law, also lamented the increasing rate of rape.

She commended Mohammed for appointing three commissioners and others as the heads of agencies and advisers. “We must commend you for doing this. We must also ask for more because women’s needs are insatiable. We want you to give us at least one-third seats during upcoming local government election. “Women are industrious, if empowered we can do better and that’s why the President (Buhari) has asked the Minister of Trade and Investment to give about 45 per cent to women in the just approved fund for SMEs. You can also do better.”

Mohammed has also urged the women to contest for elective posts, saying he could only appoint and not to impose them into an elective office. “From the emerging data, more women voted for me than men. They have the doggedness and voting strength. It pained my heart that we don’t have any woman in the State Assembly. How can a man be chairing committee on women? “We will do more by appointing them into different offices.

Just of recent, I appointed a lady as an advisor on divorced women in the state and this became a talk of the nation. This women are just there with their children and suffering because, we the men have left our responsibilities undone. They’re suffering not because they gave birth out of wedlock but because they were divorced by men. We felt we need an office that would be in charge of this.”


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