On Monday, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Governor of Kwara State recieved the United Nations (UN)-backed ‘HeforShe’ award for his efforts and cabinet picks which have mainstreamed gender inclusion in the state’s political structure.
Recall AbdulRazaq made history last year when he appointed the most women-friendly cabinet on the African continent, a feat he recently cemented with the appointment of at least 50 per cent female permanent secretaries in the state. Both feats are first in the state and the country.
However, during a courtesy visit in illorin by Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Paulin Tallen,the award was given to the Governor. During the visit, she said;
“The award is in recognition of your outstanding contributions to the promotion of women’s rights, visibility and empowerment,” Pauline said, commending the Governor for his exemplary style of governance and his pursuit of gender inclusion which has attracted both local and international recognition.
“We are here today to celebrate a champion who has proven his words. We are here to launch the HE for SHE Gender Equality campaign, which he (AbdulRazaq) deserves more than any other governor. We wanted this visit long ago to encourage and strengthen him and to tell the World that we have the champion who has set the pace and who needs to be encouraged and acknowledged.”
Meanwhile, according to AbdulRazaq;
“We have noticed in many things that women are very talented. They are good managers. They often think out of the box. They keep the home and working executive jobs, combining everything together. We thank our mothers, wives and daughters for their contributions to humanity,” he said.
“We truly appreciate your visits and your recognition of what we are doing. And for the honour you bestowed on us, it will be an encouragement to my peers.”