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The Guardian to honour women in public service


Organises International Women’s Day summit

The Guardian Newspaper, Nigeria’s flagship of the news media, in conjunction with Olad’n’Bridge Limited, a frontline media consulting firm, have concluded arrangement to recognise and honour some outstanding women in the public sector, as they put together the first ever international women’s day summit 2021: The Guardian recognition of excellence for women in public service: to commemorate the 2021 International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8, 2021.

With the theme, “#Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”, the objective of the summit and recognition of excellence, according to the organisers, “is to honour women in the public service who have distinguished themselves by serving the country selflessly in various capacities, for the development of mankind and the female gender especially and the country generally.

“The aim is to provide the platform for upcoming generation of female leaders to have access to mentorship by these icons of our generation for further progressive advancement of the country.”


A statement from the organising committee said despite the fact that the public sector in Nigeria is the engine room of government policy and programmes’ implementation for the delivery of developmental initiatives over the years, women in public sector contribute immensely, they are hardly recognised.

According to the statement, “This is the first ever event to recognise and honour women in the public service both at the federal and state government levels in Nigeria. It is also a platform to deliberate on issues of national interest as they relate to the roles of women in the public sector in synchronisation with the private sector development and the economy in general.

“It intends to reward the achievement and contributions of public servants and institutions that can lead to a more effective and responsive public sector administration in the country. The event also seeks to promote the role, professionalism and visibility of public service.’’

The event will form a gathering of reputable personalities in Nigeria and diaspora to deliberate the process of encouraging government, elected leaders in the public sector, to imbibe the culture of partnering the private sector in seeking ways of providing long lasting policies, programmes, projects, that are capable of impacting positively on the populace, irrespective of their social status in the society.

It is also an avenue to discuss the pathway for utilising optimally women potential for efficient service delivery in the public sector in the country.


To qualify for nomination and recognition, the candidate must be a woman serving currently in the nation’s public sector who is reputed for discharging her duties, and impacting positively on the lives of women particularly and the general public.

The event would also be conferred on outstanding women who have retired but recorded firsts during their time in public service.

Recognition categories include, but not limited to the following: Outstanding female federal permanent secretary; female head of federal department; female head of federal agency; female vice chancellor / deputy vice chancellor of a federal university—-one in each of six geo-political zones; female Rector of federal polytechnic—one in each of the six geo-political zones; and impactful female federal minister of the year; Outstanding female Supreme Court justice; Outstanding female Appeal court Judge; Outstanding female Federal High Court Judge

Awards will also be given to Impactful female-led Agency of the year on Youth; Outstanding/Impactful female-led organisation of the year on diaspora and Outstanding/Impactful female-led ministry of the year on children, female


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