The Guardian’s Recognition of Excellence for Women in Public Service in focus as WIMBIZ endorses event
The first female army major-general in West Africa, Maj-Gen. Aderonke Kale (rtd), first woman Vice Admiral in Nigeria Navy, Admiral Itunu Hotunu (rtd); first female police Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ivy Uche Okoronkwo; former Head of Service, Ebele Okeke and the current Head of Service, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan are among Nigeria’s distinguished women to be honoured at this year’s The Guardian Recognition of Excellence for Women in Public Service.
The event, to mark this year’s International Women’s Day Summit 2021, on March 27, is aimed at recognising the contributions of women to the country’s public sector.
On the list also the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen; Senator Oluremi Tinubu; Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo; Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele and Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Mrs. Hadiza Balarabe.
Others are Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Lolo Cecelia Ezeilo; the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Imuetinya Salami and the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu.
Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) has identified with the programme, nominating some of the accomplished women for recognitions.
Executive Director, Hansatu Adegbite: “WIMBIZ lauds this initiative to honour women who have distinguished themselves by serving the country selflessly in various capacities in the public sector. We believe that the event will recognse the immense work of women in the public sector and promote their roles in nation-building through the public service.”
The programme is part of the series of women in Africa-focused events organised by The Guardian in partnership with Olad “n” Bridge Limited. It is designed to promote and celebrate the social, economic, cultural, political progress and achievements of Nigerian and African women. The unique event will gather women from broad sections of the society and further strengthen gender advocacy.
It is also a platform to deliberate on issues of national interest as they relate to the role of women in the public sector in relations to the development of the private sector and national economy.
The theme of this year’s edition of International Women’s Day is ‘We Choose to Challenge’. It seeks to deepen insight into the challenges faced by women in different walks of life as well as proffer solutions to gender-based challenges. It seeks the conversations surrounding women’s role in the society.
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