By Onogwu Mohammed
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has won the 2021 Blueprint Governor of the Year Award for Youth and Women Empowerment and inclusion in Governance.
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According to the Award Committee, His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello ranks topmost in recognition of his commitment for women empowerment and youth inclusiveness in governance. The Award Committee disclosed that Governor Bello has been consistent in ensuring that youths and women are appointed to position of responsibility.
The committee which was made up of eminent Nigerians reviewed Governor Bello administration’s policy on the deliberate and practical demonstration of the belief in the capacity of Nigerian Youths to assume the mantle of leadership in the country and contribute to the political and socio-economic development of the state in particular.
Award Committee also added “You have also carved a niche for yourself in promoting female inclusiveness in politics and leadership positions, especially the appointment of a female Secretary to the State Government , Aide-de-Camp to Your Excellency and deputy chairpersons in all the 21 Local Government Areas of the state. This is unprecedented in the history of the country, coming at a time Nigeria rank 185th position out of 193 countries on the percentage of women in National Parliaments. This bold effort ensures a governance structure that is gender-balanced and well-positioned to harness the contributions Women at all levels”.
The Governor will receive the award at the Blueprint 10th Anniversary and Impact Series Awards which comes up on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at the Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton, Mariana, Abuja by 10am.