International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8 March around the world.
It is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
The theme of this year is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”.
The United Nations Millennium Development Goals, and especially Goal 3 on gender equality and women’s empowerment, entail a commitment by States to promote mechanisms that give women a voice in politics and governance institutions.
Article 7 (a) and (b) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discriminations Against Women states that States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the political and public life of the country and, in particular, shall ensure to women, on equal terms with men, the right: (a) To vote in all elections and public referenda and to be eligible for election to all publicly elected bodies;
(b) To participate in the formulation of government policy and the implementation thereof and to hold public office and perform all public functions at all levels of government.
Article 7 emphasizes States’ responsibility to appoint women to senior leadership positions, at all levels (local, national, international) of government, all government bodies, the judiciary, and to encourage political parties to do the same.
The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action deals extensively with the issue of women in power and decision-making. Through the Declaration and Platform for Action, States are committed to taking concrete measures to ensure women’s equal access to and full participation in power structures and decision-making, and to increase women’s capacity to participate in decision-making and leadership, in accordance with its detailed recommendations.
Despite all these conventions and protocols state parties have not done enough to ensure full participation of women in politics, governance and decision-making processes especially in Nigeria. While keeping hope alive, one man is changing the narrative today in Nigeria. The Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Yahaya Bello has surpassed the Beijing 35% affirmative action for women in politics and governance by engaging women in governance, police formulation and decision-making processes through appointments and elections. For the total realization of women’s rights as encapsulated in the article 7 (a) and (b), leaders must go beyond putting out fantastic policies and programmes to guarantee women’s social, political, cultural rights but summons the political wills to cause it to happen.
In the light of this, the Governor of Kogi State has chosen to celebrate the 2021 International Women’s Day by involving them actively in policy formation, decision-making, leadership and governance in Kogi State. Bellow is the list of women in Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration today.
1- Mrs Folashade Arike Ayoade Ph.,D – Secretary to the Government of Kogi State.
2- Mrs Hannah Onyinoyi Odiyo – Head of Service, Kogi State.
3- Hajia Fatima Kabir Buba– Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development.
4- Mrs Avoyi Barikisu Nwogu – SSA to the Governor, Electronic Media.
5- Musa Sandra– SSA on Women to Her Excellency, the Governor’s Wife.
6- Maryam Ibrahim– SSA to the Governor on Tourism.
7- Hassiat Ozavize Suleiman– Executive Chairman, Kogi Mineral Resources Development Agency.
8- Rekiya Onaivo Sanni– MD, CEO, Kogi Enterprise Development Agency.
9- Mrs. Victoria Olusola Jagboro– Provost, College of Education (Technical), Kabba.
10- Hajia Hauwa Kulu Ibrahim – Board Chairman, Kogi State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Obangede.
11- ASP. Iwanger Ifeoma Akaya– ADC to His Excellency, Governor of Kogi State.
12- Hon. Rebecca Kpanachi– Vice Chairman, Bassa LGA.
13- Hon. Aminu Zuweirat Y– Vice Chairman, Idah LGA.
14- Hon. Balogun Eunice Omowumi – Vice Chairman, Yagba West LGA
15- Hon. Bimpe Alfred– Vice Chairman, Kabba/Bunu LGA.
16- Hon. Musa Aisha (Acho) – Vice Chairman, Igalamela/Odolu LGA.
17- Hon. Mohammed Bilikisu– Majority Leader, Ajaokuta Legislative Council
18- Hon. Abdumalik Farimat – Council Leader, Adavi LGA
19- Hon. Hadiza Sani– Majority Leader, Dekina LGA.
20- Hon. Bala Blessing Ogwu– Council Leader, Lokoja LGA.
21- Hon. Alhassan Anna – Vice Chairman, Dekina LGA.
22- Hon. Maryam Oyeremi Hamzat– Vice Chairman, Adavi LGA.
23- Hon. Kate Obapitan – Vice Chairman, Ogori/Magongo LGA.
24- Hon. Martha Moses– Vice Chairma, Ankpa LGA.
25- Hon. Toyin Afusat Yinusa– Vice Chairman, Yagba East LGA.
26- Hon. Lawal Omayoza Amina – Vice Chairman, Okehi LGA.
27- Hon. Blessing Aishat Ekele– Vice Chairman, Olamaboro LGA.
28- Hon. Salamatu Magdalen Salami– Vice Chairman, Ajaokuta LGA.
29- Hon. Olorunmaiye Joanna Yemisi – Secretary to the Kogi State House of Assembly Service Commission.
30- Prof. Marietu Ohunene Tenuche– Ag. Vice Chancellor, Kogi State University, Anyigba.
31- Mrs. Abraham O – Provost, Kogi State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Obangede.
32- Maryam O. Abdusalam – Special Assistant to the First Lady, Kogi State.
33- Mrs. Omotayo Adeleye Ishaya– Special Assistant to the Governor on Women and Children Development.
34- Mrs. Cecilia Cook – Executive Chairperson, STETCOM.
35- Hon. Paulina James – Vice Chairman, Ofu LGA.
36- Hon. Otitolaiye R. Bukola – Vice Chairman, Ijumu LGA.
37- Hon. Eleojo Farina, Vice Chairman, Omala LGA.
38- Hon. Obidigiwe Aritho – Vice Chairman, Ibaji LGA.
39- Hon. Bilikisu Abosuahi Aliyu – Vice Chairman, Okene LGA.
40- Hon. Jezhi Bako Hassan – Vice Chairman, Kogi LGA.
41- Hon. Obajemu Mercy Bukola – Vice Chairman, Mopamuro LGA.
42- Folorunsho Grace Muyiwa – Council Leader, Ponyan Ward, Yagba East LGA.
43- Hon. James Blessing – Council Leader, Olamaboro LGA.
44- Hon. Danladi Uwa – Council Leader, Omala LGA.
45- Hon. Yusuf Aishat – Council Leader, Idah LGA
46- Hon. James Opeyemi – Council Leader, Mopamuro LGA.
47- Hon. Blessing Obaro – Council Leader, Ogori/Magongo LGA.
48- Hon. Oshabode Fehintola Janet– Councilor, Ward 07, Makutu Yagba East LGA.
49- Hon. Audu Wuretu Ladidi – Councilor, Gbokolo Ward, Bassa LGA.
50- Hon. Memuna Ali – Councilor, Ozugbe Ward Bassa LGA.
51- Hon. Felicia Jimaza – Councilor, Akuba Ward 1, Bassa LGA.
52- Hon. Ajovunu Nara Ohunene – Councilor, Uchucheba Ward, Ogaminana, Adavi LGA.
53- Hon. Adaji Deborah – Councilor, Imane Ward 2, Olamaboro LGA.
54- Hon. Adam Rukayat – Councilor, Ward C, Lokoja LGA.
55- Hon. Yakubu Ozioyiza Maryiam – Councilor, Okunchi Ward, Adavi LGA.
56- Hon. Ibrahim Salamatu – Councilor, Unosi/Omgbo Ward, Ajaokuta LGA.
57- Hon. Ojochenemi Apeh – Councilor, Ogugu Ward, Olamaboro LGA.
58- Hon. Sule Khadijat Aino – Council Leader, Ajaokuta LGA.
59- Hon. Hashia Abdulrahaman – Deputy Council Leader, Adavi LGA.
60-Ummulkhair Akiru – Protocol Officer to the First Lady of Kogi State.
61- Hon. Yusuf Ganiyat Dupe, Ward 1, Ifeolukotun, Yagba East LGA.
62- Hon. Ezekiel Eunice – Ogori Ward, Ogori/Magongo LGA.
63- Hon. Gabriel Onyi Jimah Janet – Councilor, Achagana Ward, Ajaokuta LGA.
64- Tobi Tijani – Personal Assistant to the SSG.
65- Hon. Sarah Joel – Ward 9 Councilor, Mopamuro LGA.
66- Hon. Abejide Martha Omowumi – Councilor, Mopamuro LGA.
67- Pastor Halimat Ohunene Saliu – Permanent Member 1, Christians Pilgrims Commission.
68- Hon. Sule Abibetu – Councilor, Akpacha Ward, Omala LGA.
69- Hon. Rose Fedegwu – Council Leader, Ibaji LGA.
70- Hon. Olayinka Omoshagba – Council Leader, Ijumu LGA.
71- Hon. Lydia Eleojo Abraham – Councilor, Ibaji LGA.
72- Hon. Omolara Olorunshola – Council Leader, Ijumu LGA.
73- Hon. Edomoh Blessing – Councilor, Ibaji LGA.
74- Hon. Pedro Olayemi – Aiyetoro Agrigbon Ward/ Chairman Committee on Health, Housing and Community Development.
75- Hon. Kolawole Bamidele Lucy – Councilor, Yagba East LGA.
76- Hon. Amos Omowumi – Councilor, Ward 03, Odo Egbe, Yagba West LGA.
77- Hon. Fayemi Bidemi – Iyara Ward, Chairman on Commerce and Industry.
78- Hon. Janet Olu Fagbemi – Councilor, Yagba West LGA.
79- Evangeline Green-Orizu – Personal Secretary to Chief of Staff.
80- Halimat Isah – SSA to Her Excellency, the Deputy Governor’s Wife
Happy International Women’s Day, 2021