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Female Lawmakers Lament Fewer Representation As Ayade Forwards 36 Commissioner Nominees

Speaker Eteng Jonah Williams

Female lawmakers at the Cross River State House of Assembly on Wednesday bemoaned what they refer as “lack of adherence to the 35 percent Affirmative Action” as the State Governor Sir Ben Ayade forwarded 36 names of Commissioner Nominees before the House.

Speaking under “Point of Observation”, Member representing Yala 1 State Constituency, Rt Hon Regina Anyogo regretted that out of the 36 names of Commissioner Nominees presented before the House only six (6) were women.

She maintained that the number which is less than 10 percent doesn’t reflect the true spirit of Cross River State having known to be a very hospitable and gender friendly state. She therefore call on the Governor Sir Ben Ayade to look into the list once again and do justice to it.

However, she express joy over 3 Nominees from Yala which she said “deserved it” in view of their enormous contributions.

Also leaning her voice to the matter, lawmaker representing Akpabuyo State Constituency, Rt Hon Elizabeth Ironbar having frown on the abnormally meted on her Local Government by picking two commissioner Nominees from a single Ward, said it is regrettable that out of the 36 commissioner Nominees and 3 confirmed commissioners, only six make the list, representing less than the percentage recommended by Nigerian government.

She therefore call on Governor Ayade to do the needful by correcting the injustice and seeing that many women are added to his State Executive Council for equity and justice.

” it is really a course for worry that Cross River State which is hugely endowed with very outstanding and hardworking women that have made enormous contributions in many fields of human endeavour will have only 6 names in the cabinet”

However, lawmaker representing Ikom 1 State Constituency and Deputy Leader of the House, Rt Hon Fred Osim, while expressing his displeasure over the lopsidedness in the entire list said “it is so worrisome that while some LGAs in Northern and Southern senatorial district got 3 commissioners respectively, the entire Central senatorial district hasn’t any 3 nominee from a local government even as they has a very large population and their sacrifice during the election”

Osim pointed out that during the gubernatorial campaign, the Governor clearly stated that Ikom will be giving 3 commissioners positing that the governor has derailed on his promise.

Recall that the Governor Sir Ben Ayade today forwarded to the House of Assembly 36 commissioner Nominees for screening and confirmation.

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