The Northern Sector Action on Awareness Creation (NORSAAC), has expressed its gratitude to President Nana Akufo-Addo for nominating 36 women out of the 216 to serve as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
A statement issued by NORSAAC in Tamale signed by Mr Alhassan Mohammed Awal, its Executive Director, and copied to the Ghana News Agency at the weekend congratulated all women nominees especially the four, who would serve in the Northern Region.
They include Madam Alele Veronica Heming for Bole District, Madam Mariama Iddrisu for Sagnarigu District, Hajia Ayishetu Seidu for Savelugu/Nanton Municipality, and Hajia Amama Ayibu for Tolon District.
NORSAAC, which lobbied for at least six women to be nominated to MMDCE positions in the Northern Region, said the current number of four women nominees, was a significant improvement over the previous case where the region had only one female District Chief Executive.
The statement condemned agitations and violence recorded in some districts following the announcement of the MMDCE nominees encouraging all especially party supporters to follow established party structures and the larger country laws in expressing their protest.
It said “we have noted that almost all the areas where women were nominated in the Northern Region have experienced some unacceptable rancour” adding this was unfortunate, sad, and discriminatory, as well as depicted intolerance for women’s leadership.
The statement appealed to assembly members at the various Municipal and District Assemblies to endorse the women nominated in the Northern Region and the entire country to enable them to assume office.
It said “the Assembly members should put priority on competence but not on sex of the nominees” adding the women nominated were competent enough to make their areas proud.
It emphasised that endorsing the nomination of the women MMDCEs would significantly contribute to overall women empowerment and increase economic opportunities for young women and their families in the Northern Region in particular and the country as a whole.
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