Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, has lauded Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for promoting gender equality and women empowerment in the state.
This is just as Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed described the appointment of three female commissioners in his cabinet as a promise kept.
The minister made the commendation in a statement made available to reporters in Ilorin yesterday.
Tallen said in a commendation letter to the governor. “Nigerian women immensely appreciate you for further justifying the confidence reposed in you and your award as a ‘HEforSHE Governor and Social Investment Champion’ at the National Council of Women Affairs held in 2019 in Akure, Ondo State.
The minister had in 2019 commended AbdulRazaq over the appointment of more women into his cabinet, describing the Kwara gender-friendly cabinet as “a dream come true in fulfillment of the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerian women overtime.”
Also, the More Women Group (MWG), an amalgam of 169 women bodies across the country, praised AbdulRazaq for breaking the yoke of poor representation of women and youths in governance.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) had similarly commended the governor, calling Kwara under him a role model.
UN Women Representative to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ms Comfort Lamptey, had said in a letter to the governor: “This bold and significant decision sets Kwara State apart, as a role model for other states in Nigeria, in upholding regional and globally agreed standards to promote the full and equal participation of women in all political and decision-making processes.”
RELATEDLY, while swearing-in two additional female commissioners to replace those that resigned from the cabinet along with three permanent commissioners of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), Mohammed said: “Today, to me, is a promise fulfilled in terms of gender participation in democracy.”
The newly appointed commissioners include Maryam Bagel (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) and Dr. Asma’u Giade (Ministry of Culture and Tourism).
Those for SIEC are Adamu Zakari, Abdulmalik Wakili and Dauda Gayus.
He urged the new SIEC appointees to join hands with their colleagues to conduct themselves with a lot of integrity and fairness to ensure credible and acceptable council elections.