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Uproar as as Adamawa appoints first male to oversee Women Affairs Ministry

There was drama in Adamawa State at the weekend when the state governor, Muhammad Bindow Jibrilla, appointed Alhaji Aliyu Bello Aliyu Tola, as the first male commissioner to oversee the women affairs’ ministry in the state.

But in a swift reaction yesterday, women groups, party stalwarts and stakeholders in the state kicked against the idea of a male commissioner for women affairs saying that, “such may cause confusion in the state.”

Governor Bindow had last Friday sworn in 21 commissioners, including Dr Fatima Abubakar, the daughter of former Vice- Presi dent, Atiku Abubakar. Fatima, a medical consultant, announced the donation of her salary and allowances as commissioner towards healthcare development of the state.

Commenting on the appointment of Aliyu Tola yesterday, a woman activist, Hajiya Rahima Bala, said: “May be the governor wants to socialise the state, if not, I see no wisdom in appointing a male commissioner to oversee the ministry of women affairs. “We will continue to educate him, because the government looks confused already,” Bala noted.

Also commenting on the issue, an APC faithful in the state, Mrs. Rifkatu Dan Tsoho, said she saw the appointments made by the governor as a mere pay back to please some political groups and was not on merit. She said: “It was just a mere payback to those he considered instrumental to his election, but four years is around the corner, time will tell.”

Tsoho prevailed on the governor to rescind his decision. She continued; “I think it’s not too late to rectify the anomaly, people expect a good change, but not this kind of lopsided appointments.“Already, we are planning to march on the streets against this injustice meted against us, haba Bindow?” she queried.

However, when asked on the happenings in the state, an analyst, Mr. Muhammad Ismail Damare, blamed the state lawmakers for the charade. He said: “The lawmakers have since shown that as far as the assembly is concerned, merit and professionalism are not virtues worthy of recognition and honouring and as such they could be shoved aside on the altar of whimsical political partisanship.

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