Kano Trying to Bridge Gender Gap, Positions 9 Women in Political Offices

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has appointed nine women to various positions in the New Nigerian Peoples Party-led Kano State.

WikkiTimes‘ analysis showed that women were appointed to different strata of government by the new administration since its inception in May 2023.

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The analysis confirmed that four women had been appointed as commissioners and members of the Kano State Executive Council.

The commissioners include Hajia Ladidi Ibrahim Garko, Ministry of Tourism and Culture; Amina S. Abdullahi, Ministry of Special Duties; and Hajia Aisha Lawan Saji, Ministry of Women, Children and Disabled.

Governor Yusuf had earlier asked the Kano State House of Assembly to confirm Dije Aboki as the substantive chief judge of the state after she acted in the capacity during the twilight of the Ganduje administration.

Aboki is the first female chief judge to head the Kano State judiciary since its creation in 1967.

Other appointments made so far to women since taking the baton of leadership in the centre of commerce include Dr Fatima Usman Zahraddeen, Executive Secretary, Kano State Health Trust Fund (KHETFUND) and Dr Rahila Mukhtar, Executive Secretary, Kano State Health Contributory Management Agency.

The Governor also appointed other female aides such as Hauwa Mohammed as Special Assistant on Women’s Affairs, Zulaihat Yusuf Aji as Special Assistant on Broadcast and Rasheedat Usman as Special Assistant on Secretariat.

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Women and gender advocates in Nigeria are clamouring for more gender inclusion in political appointments to honour the Beijing Agreement that advocates for 35% affirmative action for women in the governance process.

Women Rights Groups have criticised Kano State after returning and inauguration of the 10th State House of Assembly devoid of female representation among its 40 members.

WikkiTimes observed further that women have no representation in the 44 local government council chairmen in the state who had been elected during the reign of Abdullahi Ganduje.  

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