30 January 2013

Nigeria: Group Queries Removal of Immigration Boss

A non-governmental organisation, Women's Organisation for Gender Issues (WOGI), whose primary responsibility is to seek the protection of the rights of women, has protested the removal of the Mrs. Rose Uzoma as Comptroller General of Immigration just two months to her retirement.

The group wondered why Uzoma was singled out for removal when almost every Chief Executive or Director General heading institutions in the country are guilty of the same offence which she was accused of and removed for.

The National Coordinator of WOGI, Mrs. Stella Odife, while briefing journalists in Abuja yesterday, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to reinstate Uzoma and allow her to retire with due honours instead of leaving with a tarnished image.

She lamented that women holding high offices are under attack by men because some of the women have been able to stand up to their antics.

She cited the removal of former Director General of the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), Ms. Bola Onagoruwa and the Director General of Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Ms. Arunma Oteh who was almost removed from office.

Odife added that the men prefer the appointment of women who are considered as weak, for easy control and manipulation.

"Is there any government organisation in this country where the Chief Executive or the Director General as the case may be does not enjoy the luxury of having staff around him being from his place? Or how many government parastatals have complied with the federal character principles?" she asked.

Odife, who was Deputy Governor under the short lived administration of Dr. Chris Ngige as Governor of Anambra State, called for inquiries into the activities of all heads of parastatals in the country, adding that the same treatment should be meted out to those found wanting.

"How many of these women removed are replaced by men? How would we achieve our 35 per cent affirmative action in governance which this country needs very badly," she queried.

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