Women in Politics, WIP, on Wednesday lamented the low representation of women in the ministerial list released by President Muhammadu Buhari for his second tenure.
The list of 43 nominees forwarded to the Senate by the President on Tuesday has only seven women.
Mrs. Ebere Ifendu, the President, Women in Politics in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja said that the number “is low and very poor.’’
Ifendu said women were not happy with the nomination list though the few women listed were women of character and integrity who had done well for the society.
“He said he will work with the Nigerian gender policy which is about affirmative action, so what happened to the promises he made to women?’’
Ifendu said there was need for the president to fulfil that promise due to the already low number of women in elected offices after the 2019 elections.
She said that 2,970 women contested elections into different positions in the 2019 general elections but only 67 got elected across the nation.
Ifendu said a breakdown of the elected members showed that no woman was elected as president, vice president or governor while only seven were elected to the Senate.
She said that 12 were elected to the House of Representatives and 44 to the State Assemblies with about 11 states without a female member.
Ifedu said that the Nigerian women went to the elections with high expectations but the overall level of representation of women in politics remained a cause for concern as their number continued to dwindle.