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President should show his dynamism with affirmative action bill---Gender activist

A gender activist Ernestina Ofoe has challenged President Nana Akufo-Addo to show his dynamism in the wake of affirmative action bill delaying and not finding its way to Parliament despite engagement by civil society. 

According to the project officer of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung the President when he was sworn-in asked Ghanaians not to be spectators, “we as women and civil society we have not been spectators, we have contributed our quota so far as the bill is concerned”.

As Africa Union (AU) champion on gender he should show his dynamism, during his state of the nation address to Parliament in 2017 he asked for support for the affirmative bill, he apologies in 2018 for non passage of the bill in 2019 he did not talk about it, she lamented. 

“Where is his commitment, we saw his commitment on the Vigilantism bill, Right to Information bill, why is he not committed to the affirmative action bill, or it is one of the narratives that we need to be used to?”

 He noted that, a group of women visited President Akufo-Addo at the presidency, he promised them of his commitment and believe in women empowerment more especially issues that affects women, if he want this bill passed, he would get it done.

“As a President our constitution gives him so much power, I don’t have issues with Parliament because the bill has not come before them, my issue is with the President he made a promise to Ghanaians to get it pass”.

Again, Ghanaian women are tired of leaving their jobs and matching on the streets, the President would just have to ask his Ministers not be spectators.

“We know people do not see gender issues as bread and butter but where our President sit he sees better and should get to work and let the affirmative action bill come to Parliament and pass to law”, she lamented.

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