The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ketu South, Abla Dzifa Gomashie, has said the inability of the Presidentâ€™s State of the Nation Address to capture and address issues concerning women is an indication that no one is pushing the Ghanaian womanâ€™s agenda in the Akufo-Addo-led governmentâ€™s Cabinet.
Reacting to the omission of women from the State of the Nation Address, the Ketu South MP said: â€œIt is not surprising that I didnâ€™t hear anything about women in the State of the Nation Address because for the past almost a year, the minister that he has appointed has not been at deskâ€.
â€œWhy would he not appoint someone else? Why would he not ensure that what has to be done in that ministry is done? I know thereâ€™s a supervising minister [but] itâ€™s not the same as having a substantive in charge of that ministry and, so, I donâ€™t think anybody is pushing the women agenda in Cabinet or in his administrationâ€, the opposition MP said.
The Ketu South lawmaker also noted that the President prefers to receive accolades for being a champion of gender issues instead of putting it into practice.
â€œI think that tagging and having accolades showered on His Excellency as being a champion of gender is more important to the President than the reality of the situationâ€, she bemoaned.
â€œThe decisions that he took to close down the borders and to ignore the disaster that happened in Ketu South is the reason why Iâ€™m speaking like this. Because if you know, most of the people whose trade involve crossing the border are women.â€
â€œYou come and give a state of the nation address that does not reflect the whole of Ghana but only a section, Iâ€™m disappointed.â€