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The state with a male commissioner of women affairs appoints 49 administrators- only one is a woman

The Gist

Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla of Adamawa state swore in 49 newly-appointed Development Area Administrators. The lone woman is Esther Pius.

Why’s this important?

Back in September, the Governor appointed a man, Aliyu Tola, as the Commissioner of Women Affairs. His chief press secretary, Yohannna Mathias, defended the governor’s actions by stating: “It’s a normal practice as it happened in Bauchi and other states. He is to oversee ministry of women affairs and social development. Those who are making noise are just making mockery and being mischievous.” The wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, urged the Governor to reconsider his decision.  No reversal has been made.

A Governor’s apology

To head off the anticipated backlash, Governor Jibrilla apologised for the under representation of women in government positions.

“This is just the first major appointment made by this administration, I want to assure the women that they will be considered in future appointments,” he said.

The governor said that the administrators were selected on merit and should therefore work toward justifying the confidence reposed in them.

How many women are in Adamawa’s Government?

InformationNG reports that Adamawa State has only four female commissioners.. They are Dr. Fatima Atiku Abubakar (Health), Barrister Lilian Kayode (Works), Mrs. Victoria Sashi (Mineral Resources) and Dr. Kaleptawa Farauta (Education).

Mrs Esther Pius makes it five women now. Hurray.