Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Kaduna state chapter and its counterpart, Women In Politics Forum has commended the state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, for the appointment of Hajia Hadiza Bala Usman as his Chief of Staff, the first woman to occupy the seat in the history of the state.
The duo in a separate press statement signed by the NAWOJ chairman in the state, Mrs. Juliet Oyoyo and Vice President North of the WIPF, Hajiya Hafsat Mohammed Baba and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, said the appointment shows that the governor is determined to run include women in his government.
Mrs. Oyoyo said the appointment of Hajia Hadiza and Mrs. Saude Amina Mohammed as chief of staff and personal secretary respectively, showed that the governor was determined to carry women along in his administration, with a view to making them (women) vital in the developmental process.
The statement read in part, “the appointment of these women in the eyes of NAWOJIANS in Kaduna state is highly commendable as they are persons of integrity, who have proven their mettle in their different fields of endeavours.
“NAWOJ therefore urges the new appointees to mentor and carry along other women in the state”, it added.
The chairman however called on other governors in the region to emulate El-Rufai, by including well deserving women in governance, just as she implored the women on public sphere to be good ambassadors.
In the same vein, Women In Politics Forum commended Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for appointing women into key offices in the state.
The Forum said the move is a demonstration of the governor’s passion and determination to addressing issues peculiar to women, like cases of violence against women and maternal heath, among others.
“This indicates that the governor is passionate on things that concern the health and welfare of women. We call on other Northern governors to follow Governor El-Rufai’s example by giving women the opportunity to contribute their quota in nation building.”


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