Women, Peace and Security Network, WPSN, a Non-Governmental Organisation has presented an award of ‘‘Most Standing Educationists’’ to Mrs. Rebecca Dauda for being the first person to establish a private school in Borno state.
Our Correspondent gathered that Mrs. Rebecca Dauda established HIMMA School in February, 1990, which is the first private school to be set up in the history of the state.
The organisation also presented different Awards and Certificates of Recognition to some women achievers such as Hajja Fanta Baba Shehu, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, as ‘The Most Outstanding Woman Politician’ in the state, among other awardees.
Presenting the awards to the beneficiaries at a colourful One- Day Enlightenment and Recognition programme to Women, to Commemorate the International Women’s Day 2016, which was organised at Lamaraj Hotel, Maiduguri by the President of WPSN, Hajiya Rabi Ismail, said, the presentation of awards and certificate by her organisation to these Women of substance were done based on their contributions to women empowerment in the state.
She described the awardees as women who speak with one voice through unification of the womenfolk in the state, adding that, as women achievers, they deserve to be honoured considering their immense contribution to the educational, cultural and socio- economic development to the people, especially women and girl-child education in the state.
Hajiya Ismail explained that the United Nations Declaration of 50-50 by the year 2030 which stipulates that women should work together as one, carry everybody along irrespective of tribal or religious affiliations is what obtains from the attitudes and characters of these awardees, and urged others to emulate so as to move the society to a greater heights.
In their separate paper presentations at the event, The Head of Department, Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri, Dr. Mohammed Gujubawu, and Mallam Ibrahim Sadiq dwell extensively on ‘Recognizing Women Achievers in Borno State’ and ‘The quest for Gender Parity in Nigeria: A constraint and Possibilities’.
Both presenters respectively charged all and sundry to shun religious, tribal/ethnic or political considerations in dealing with societal issues, but to be united and see each other as brother’s keepers, so as to attain the vision 50-50 by the year 2030.
Other awardees at the event were Hajiya Hanatu Gimba, who was recognized as Woman entrepreneur, Hajiya Hamsatu Al-Amin as Social Networking Woman and Hajiya Hurso Abba Kyari as Culturalist in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Mrs, Rubecca Dauda thanked WPSN for considering them worthy and deserved for the awards and promised to redouble their efforts in uplifting the lives of women and children in the state.


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