The Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has recognized the efforts of the Governor of Niger State Abubakar Sani Bello for appointing women in various leadership positions in the State.
The Governor who was the chief host of the 10th Triennial Delegates Conference of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) was honored with an excellent award for being the most supportive and Gender friendly Governor.
According to a press statement by Mary Noel-Berje, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Niger State “this is so due to some significant reasons, the NAWOJ National Conference was successfully hosted by the Niger State Chapter due to the tremendous support of the State government.
The statement stressed that the Governor did not only appoint women, he broke the jinx by appointing women as Head of Service and his Chief Press Secretary for the first time since the creation of the State about 45years ago.
“Governor Abubakar Sani Bello deserve the award, going by his track records in appointing women in various leadership positions in the State.
He has good number of female Commissioners, permanent secretaries and heads of agencies among others.” The statement further said.
It is hoped that the NAWOJ award will spur the Administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to take more deliberate actions that will increase women participation in governance.
“The Delegates Conference was declared opened by the Governor represented by his Deputy Ahmed Mohammed Ketso” Noel-Berje Added.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello was also among the three State Governors that were identified and recognized with award of Excellence. The award was specifically for being the most supportive and Gender friendly Governor.
Kano and Kwara State Governors were also awarded for having high number of women inclusiveness in governance in their respective State.