A Chieftess of All Progressive Congress in Katsina state, Hajiya Zainab Abdullahi Ghana has lend her voice to the high level of women marginalization in Katsina politics under the stewardship of Governor Aminu Bello Masari.
The Funtua-based grassroot politician took to her Facebook handle to express her dipleasure with the current political arrangements, which in her view have sideline women in favour of the male counterparts who enjoys dividends of democracy the most.
On a Facebook post tagged “Politics Is A Dirty Game”, the renowned politician wrote “To be frank women in Katsina state are underrepresented. Our efforts in Katsina politics is underated and not well appreciated. If you lodge in your displeasure over this, you will be ask to exercise more patience.
“For God sake how reasonable is it to have just two women representing millions of women in a state as large as Katsina? We were promised by the current political dispensation that appointments will be equivalently share on the scale of fifty/fifty among the two genders. For the past two years now nothing close to such has reflect within the system.
“If you travel out to other states, you will see many women holding key political offices, and you are left with no choice than to envy them. Whereas here in Katsina state, women are only entitle to associations appointments which they attributed to themselves. If government want to give out any materials or contractual benefits, they hand it over to the men.
“We should not forget in a hurry that women play vital roles compare the men in Katsina state politics. They contributed more votes than the men during elections. Despite our contributions we are not found worthy of appointments. People outside Katsina state are offered job slots while we the indigenes are neglected. So sad that our women have been reduce to political scavengers going from office to office begging before they can even feed. Women have been relegated to the background.
“We have educated women with higher qualification who can fit into any political office. But no one is looking our directions. Many of the women I mobilized during elections are looking at with the eyes of a betrayal. They all thought I am part of the system and that is not true. I had to clarify them. Even opposition parties are mocking us”.
She however, urge the Governor Aminu Bello Masari led administration to temper justice with mercy and look towards the directions of women in Katsina state politics. She pleaded that even if the 50% slots promised is not longer redeemable, efforts should be made towards women inclusiveness in governance across the state.
Comrade Ismail Abdulazeez Mantu
Summit Post Newspaper
2 January, 2021