More accolades have come the way of Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq over his recent nomination of nine women as cabinet members, with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) calling Kwara under him a “role model for other states in Nigeria”.
According to the governors chief press secretary,Rafuu Ajakaye,in a statement quoted the UN leader as saying that the” bold and significant decision sets Kwara State apart, as a role model for other states in Nigeria, in upholding regional and globally agreed standards to promote the full and equal participation of women in all political and decision making processes,”
He quoted,Ms Comfort Lamptey, UN Women Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, in a letter she addressed to the Governor.
“Given the existing global body of evidence demonstrating a correlation between increased participation of women in governance and improved development dividends, I am confident that the strong representation for women in the governance of Kwara will accelerate realisation of the development targets for the state.”
Lamptey said AbdulRazaq’s gesture has won him steady support of the UN Women as he executes developmental projects in Kwara.
The United Nations Women has long established itself as the voice of women, including female professionals and experts representing different regions, and advocate for economic, social and political participation of womenfolks in governance and decision-making processes in the world.
AbdulRazaq’s cabinet composition has gone down in history as the most gender-friendly in Africa, with 56.25 of the upcoming state executive council being women following an election that produced 100 percent men as elected officials.
Early last week, an amalgam of 169 women groups congratulated the Governor for the gesture while the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has recently conferred its “He-for-She” award of excellence on him.