Natives of the Federal Capital Territory have kicked against planned confirmation of a female as Director in charge of Chieftaincy Affairs in the Area Council Services Secretariat of the FCT Administration.
The natives said the move by the authorities of the Administration to confirm a female to head the traditional institutions will not yield the desire result, as there may be a communication breakdown between the female director and traditional rulers.
This position of the natives was contained in a press statement issued by the spokesman of Abuja indigenous group, Comrade Yunusa Yusuf, and made available to journalists, threatening that the planned confirmation will further threatens the relative peace in the council.
The group maintained that Abuja natives are not against the career progression of a woman, but stressed that the traditional institution in Abuja was not designed for women to occupy, just as they advised the FCT authorities to post the Acting Director to other relevant agency.
“Our attention has been drawn to a carefully planned confirmation of a female acting director to take charge of FCT chieftaincy affairs. While we are not against female career progression in service, we are of the view that such move by the administration is tantamount to high disregard of the traditional institutions in the territory.
“It is our candid advice therefore for the authorities to look for a more suitable portfolio for the woman to allow for free flow of communications between our respected traditional rulers and the Area Council Secretariat. It is a common knowledge that a woman will not be allowed to have free access to a recognized traditional ruler at any given time.
“We therefore opposed to this plan and we are calling on the FCT Administration to halt such plan for further consultations and dialogues before any action could be taken on this delicate matter,” the statement reads in part.
Yunusa affirmed that the Area Councils are currently experiencing security challenges, and it will be unfair for the administration to covertly or overtly add to these challenges in the rural communities