While a vast section of the population is eligible to run political offices, very few do. And of those who do, few are women. There are a variety of barriers that make it more difficult for women to access the necessary resources (time, money, self- confidence, ambition, selection) to run a political office.
However, increasing numbers of women are being considered for political positions in Oyo State. There’s also greater awareness of the need for more women in political life, and organisations such as Governor Seyi Makinde is doing much to inspire, equip and support women to run political offices in Oyo State.
Governor Seyi Makinde who already set up his cabinet for second term administration has not nominated names for Commissioners for youth and sport, also health.
Based on the analysis of the list being considered by Oyo Governor for the Youth and Sport Ministry, Atunwa Bushirah Omolara is the youngest. She is 27 years old.
Atunwa Bushirah is from Ibarapa East Local Government of Oyo State.
Busirah is the daughter of Eruwa politician, Alhaji Atunwa, who was the former PDP Secretary and later, Chairman of Ward 6, Ibarapa East LG.
She studied microbiology at the University of Ilorin, Ilorin; and holds Master’s degrees in environmental biology and public health from the Federal University of Technology Akure, Akure.
She was the Ambassador, UNICEF hand washing project in 2009, overall best graduating student in Oyo State in 2012 and became the One-day Chairman of Ibarapa East Local Government also in 2012.
She is certified in Information Technology- British Computer Society, Business intelligence and data analytics, Google Digital Skills for Africa, Financial Modelling and valuation analytics.
She is currently completing a course on Google Project Management.
Busirah who is the pioneer initiator of Intensive Awareness on Teenage Pregnancy has worked with few private companies and will make a great addition to the cabinet of Governor Seyi Makinde.