Why Few Women Held Key Positions During Amaechi’s Tenure As Governor
Fresh facts have emerged on why few women held key positions during the tenure of Rotimi Ameachi as governor of Rivers State.
Amaechi was afraid of being accused of sexual misconduct.
Amaech, who is currently the Minister of Transportaion, served as the fifth Governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015.
80% of nominations for top jobs in Amaechi’s administration went to men.
There were allegations against Amaechi that most his female appointees were his mistresses.
One of the alleged mistreees was the former Commissioner of Information in the state, Ibim Semenitari.
Semenitari, who opened up on her relation with her former boss noted that Amaechi’s wife was daily fed with fake reports of her husband's sex escapades with his female appointees.
Semenatri was the longest serving Commissioner of Information in the state; she served for six years.
Semenatri, who was speaking at the Women in Politics Workshop organized by the Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) in Lagos on Thursday stated that most of the allegations were made by female opponents of the appointees.
Sementari was among the three women politicians who shared their experiences with other women at the workshop.
“Amaechi would have appointed more women into key positions but was prevented from doing that after he was accused of appointing his mistresses into political offices.
“So you cannot blame him because the man is trying to save his marriage.”
She urged women to be involved in politics and be ready to sponsor political aspirants.
She noted that politics should not be left for men alone to dominate.
“If you leave the room, the mess (of politics) gets messier “, she said.
Earlier in her address of welcome, Olubunmi Aboderin-Talabi, the current Chairperson of the WIMBIZ Executive Council noted that the lack of female representation in the political and governance structure of Nigeria is borne out of a strong adherence to patriarchal beliefs, cultural perceptions about the role of a woman, the nature of the political arena in Nigeria and the steep financial barriers to entry into the political game.
During her session, Ijeoma Okey-Igbokwe, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Lagos, noted that INEC recognizes that democracy can have no meaning if all groups, including marginalized groups, are not represented in the political space. She urged all present to start their political journey early and emphasized that the first step in getting involved in the political space is obtaining a Personal Voter’s Card (PVC).
Other speakers at the workshop included Amb. Folake Marcus Bello and Hon. Nnenna Ukeje, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Bende Federal Constituency, Abia State.
The workshop was moderated by Hafsat Abiola-Costello, Special Advisor to the Governor on Trade and Investment, Ogun State.
Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) is a non-profit organization formed in 2001 by 14 individuals to be a voice for women in careers and business.