Oka/Supare Communal Crisis: Group Faults Exclusion of Women From 10 Man Fact Finding Committee

7th May, 2021

A leading women group in Ondo State, National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) under the leadership of Pastor Mrs Jumoke Aborode has faulted the non inclusion of women in the 10 man fact finding committee set up by the state government on the ccommunal crisis between Supare and Oka Communities.

The State Government recently set up a fact-finding committee to inquire into the immediate and remote causes of the land dispute between Supare and Oka Akoko communities in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state.

Without considering gender equity, the 10 Man committees was dominated by men where Hon Ade Adeogun was picked as the Chairman, other members are Alhaji Ali Olanusi, Mr Kolawole Babatunde, Rt. Hon. Victor Olabimtan. Rtd. Gen. J.O. Olorunfemi, Mr Gbenga Omole, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, Mr. Felix Alonge and Mr. Clement Dara and the State Surveyor General, Mr Adigun as Secretary.

While speaking with Newsmen, Mrs Aborode berated the manner the committee was constituted without picking any woman as a member. ” In the ten man committee, there is nothing stopping the government from picking at least three women to be part of the committee, women need to be represented at every category of governance”.

Mrs Aborode noted that, Akoko region have women of integrity, highly educated, exposed and intelligence who have the capability to serve in any position, saying the era where women were relegated to the background has gone.

She said the motherly contributions of women in the committee will add more value to whatever might be the outcome of their report to the state government.

While commending Governor Akeredolu for reposing confident in women with the various appointment of women in sensitive positions in the state, she said the governor should not hesitate to always consider women in any government engagement both at the local, state and national levels.

The President believed that, Akeredolu was not aware of the non inclusion of women in the committee, saying the women’s friendly governor will always protect the interest of Ondo State women.

She charged Hon Adeogun led committee to be fair and just and ensure peace return back to the two warring communities in Akoko land. ” All Akoko are brothers, we should not allow land issues to divide us”.

The committee is expected to broker immediate and lasting peace in the communities, investigate causes of the dispute, assess the level of damage and make recommendations to the state government on the resolution of the crisis among other things.

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