Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki said the National Assembly had missed a golden opportunity to rethink the Nigerian political landscape by rejecting gender bills.
The National Assembly on Tuesday rejected all bills relating to women, including one to give at least ten positions to women as ministers and commissioners in the federal and state governments.
Obaseki in his reaction Thursday said the rejection of the bills is heartbreaking and regrettable.
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“It is heartbreaking that Members of the National Assembly have missed a golden opportunity to rethink Nigeria’s political landscape by enacting landmark legislation that promotes inclusion and provides women with the legal support needed to achieve fair representation at the top. legislation and political participation.
“It’s because the legislature is the bastion of democracy and an essential platform for fair representation and inclusion in government,” the governor said.
He added that it is painful and unacceptable that these bills which give a boost to accommodate women who represent more than 50% of the electoral population, suffer such a deplorable fate.
He said, “In Edo State, we have a good mix of women in our cabinet as they hold over 30% of commissioner and special adviser positions in government.
“The people of Edo hope that their own representatives in the National Assembly did not vote to disenfranchise their female population, as that would mean they do not care about those who sent to represent them in the Assembly.
“Our administration has continued to provide opportunities for women to take on important roles in governance