In search of leadership positions for women

Posted by Mike-Nifty Ayodeji | 26 December 2019 | 1,245 times

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•Mike-Nifty Ayodeji

This question poses a zillion dollar mark on it. It is not only in Nigeria is the question being asked incessantly or limited to, it is also extended to other African countries, except Liberia when Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was declared President of Liberia and the first woman to be so elected in an African country. That was on November 23, 2005, although she was not inaugurated until January 16, 2006.

Women in positions of power are women who hold an occupation that gives them great authority, influence, and/or responsibility. Historically, power has been distributed among the sexes disparately. Power and powerful positions have most often been associated with men as opposed to women. As the clamour for gender equality increases, women are holding more and more powerful positions due to policy and social reform.

Accurate and proportional representation of women in social systems has been shown to be important to long-lasting success of the human race. Additionally, a study shows that “absence is not merely a sign of disadvantage and disenfranchisement, but the exclusion of women from positions of power also compounds gender stereotypes and retards the pace of equalisation.”

That led to a massive protest few days back in Ogun State, South-West Nigeria, where certain groups of women came together to demand inclusiveness of women in the cabinet formed by the current governor of that state.

Whereas there are humongous and enormously bogus number of the masculine gender already screened and portfolios assigned to them for certain positions, the women want equal right to be side by side the men. This feels like a competitive race where there's none, obfuscating its empirical manifestations like there were not women included earlier in the list of commissioners presented by the governor to the Ogun State House  of Assembly for screening. But they want it equal to the numbers of male on the said list. That is, if there are 30 ministerial positions, it should be 15 apiece; where we would have 15 men and 15 women. But in a male-dominated political sphere, I don’t think there can be that perfect possibility equilibrium among the sexes, but there should be a rational inclusion of the women in various positions of authority. The women should always note that to have them in top-notch positions in a country is inextricably intertwined and only a mix of them like lime mixed with pineapple is what they can have.

Furthermore, combinatorics specifically for the women to become the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, or become the governor of a state, and it is not only limited to Nigeria alone but in other African countries.

Analytically speaking, we have seen women in other positions like the instance of a deputy governor, ambassadors, etc., and they all performed excellently well in those various offices, except for the thieving former minister of petroleum in Nigeria that stole virtually everything that belongs to the over 200 million Nigerians and kept it all for herself and the enrichment of her family members. If we look at the “Diezani Allison-Madueke” saga and her being charged to court back and forth, we might want to be a little bit scared of appointing women in juicy positions in Nigeria due to their materialistic nature. When the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned her, her gold accessories and jewelry were confiscated by the commission. That showed women’s high level of materialism. Well, unfortunately, she’s just being herself and I perceived greatly there are still great women out there with golden hearts and great visions to move the nation forward.

As I wrap this up, I know someday and sometime years later, a woman could eventually become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and also governors and even become the Speaker of House of Representative, as currently obtains in the United States of America, and maybe also Senate presidency assigned to a woman.

Also, can we have our African queens become the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Controller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, and also have a woman become the first-ever Inspector-General of Police, etc.

I strongly believe women are more meek and unbiased in their judgment. From my personal study of women around the world, they can do much better governing and making things right in top positions in a particular country.

Conclusively, we can give just one woman a fair trial to rule, not limiting ourselves to when Dame Virginia Ngozi Etiaba, CON, moved from deputy governor to acting governor of Anambra State, South-eastern Nigeria. In that capacity, she was the first-ever female governor in Nigeria from November 2006 to February 2007. This is not about being hypocritical or a sesquipedalian man giving long sentences to justify my points. No. I am just an advocate of gender equality in Africa, most especially my dear beloved country Nigeria.

Lastly, people find the presidential post and governorship positions tedious and the office a service chief, etc., stressful for women and can only be occupied by men. Well, like the old saying: “What a man can do, women can do, too.” We can adopt what happened in Liberia in 2005 when history was made.

Can we give our delectable queens a fair trial?

•Ayodeji, a public affair analyst and student of economics at the National Open University of Nigeria, can be reached on:

•Mike-Nifty Ayodeji

Source: News Express

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