Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, wife of the National Leader of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said that Nigerian women deserve more allocations in the 2016 budget. She also said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is yet to fulfill its 2015 election promise to women in the country.
The Senator, representing Lagos Central, made this statement during the debate on the 2016 budget at the Senate house on Tuesday 26th January. She expressed her disappointment with the APC government, which promised to run an all-inclusive government with the women, unfortunately, that promise did not reflect in the once missing 2016 budget.
Mrs. Tinubu says the 2016 National budgetary allocation of N4 billion to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is insufficient to cater for the welfare of women who supported the party during the past election. The Senator hates to believe that women were used and dumped, she is advocating for a revisit on the allocation as women deserve more. She also reminded APC about its promise, which was in their manifesto, to set up empowerment programmes for Nigerian women, it is also yet to be fulfilled.
While making her speech, she said:
“Such comprehensive empowerment requires fund which should be included in the budget for implementation. Going through the budget for the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, I discovered that the total allocation to the women ministry is so meager and I think it would be the least allocation allotted to a ministry.
“And when we look at the functions of this ministry, the ministry is divided into two divisions: human resources and capacity building, economic services and women cooperative but when we look at the first division, which is human resources and capacity building, they are supposed to promote education, development of women in the civil, political, socio-cultural and economic sectors.
“All these that I have also mentioned require capital. Looking at this budget of less than N4 billion, they have capital with almost N3 billion. So, when you look at it, what is left?
“I am just laying this case on behalf of the Nigerian women. This is not going well… It’s as if we were used during the campaign, and we said this is a government of change. The ‘change’ mantra is supposed to change things across board.
“What they have allotted to the Nigerian women is not encouraging. When we talk about change, it doesn’t mean we are going to dodge and support what is not working.
“This is the best way to start. So that the women would not just be used for campaign and several promises made to them. On behalf of the Nigerian woman, I am making their case today that this budget is not telling anything and not making any promises, so when it gets to the committee level, they should have a way of trying to amend this budget so that it would meet all the needs that the Nigerian women and they would not incur the wrath of the Nigerian woman.”