Dr. Gloria Laraba Shoda, President, National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has said that the political will exhibited by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State in the area of women empowerment remains unprecedented in the history of Nigeria’s politics hence, the need to celebrate his deed which represented a milestone worthy of emulation by other chief executives in the country.
She made this known on Saturday on the occasion of the conferment of a Goodwill Ambassador of Nigerian Women on Kogi State Governor by the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) and an award presentation as the most gender sensitive governor in Nigeria
Dr Gloria noted that an organization, Global Gold Consult approached the NCWS on the need to honour Governor Bello and that after carrying out their own independent findings, they all concluded that such honour was the least they could do in recognition of the laudable inclusive governance by the governor.
She noted that the required action to put women on the spotlight for effective governance was being experienced under the leadership of Governor Bello in Kogi State, pointing out that “by his (Bello) sheer penchant for good governance, has taken bold steps to ensure women had fair share in the governance structure in the state.”
She added that it was the wish of all women in the country that the governor takes up higher opportunities and responsibilities after his tenure as Governor so that the Kogi model could be replicated at the national level.
Governor Yahaya Bello in his remark after receiving his ambassadorship and award, affirmed that his good conducts both in public and private were largely shaped by the good women who surrounded him duringhis early life, as an adult and a family man.
The governor who was emotional while speaking, noted that his mother and late matriarch of his home, Hajiya Hauwa’u Bello, right from when she gave birth to him up till March 15, 2020 when she passed on, dedicated her life in raising him and his elder siblings after her husband and their father, Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi died relatively early in life.
He added that in similar vein, the women of his family have been great source of direction and compass for him.
“The matriarch of my home, Hajia Amina Bello; the First Lady of Kogi State, Her Excellency, Hajiya Rashidat Bello and my other wives, all of them and equally, my beloved dear daughters and my sisters are all in the forefront of shaping my private and public conduct”, he said.
Governor Bello alluded to the fact that women are indeed powerful given his experience with them.
Bello said “happy is the man who finds himself under the influence of good women at every season of his life”, noting that he has been fortunate to be one of such men and took pride in describing himself as a product of the combined love, strength and sacrifice of many wonderful women.