The National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) rates governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state as the most gender-sensitive governor in the country, adding that, his administration gives priority to women’s development.
During a courtesy call to the governor at Government House, Kano, Wednesday, the National President of the association, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Omowole, “We have been to many states, we are not here to beg you to include women in governance. You have already done what we need Sir. You even go beyond our expectations.
Your administration has accorded all the priorities due for women. Women’s inclusion in governance in Kano state under your administration Your Excellency is commendable.”
“You are giving sensitive positions to women in your administration. This is the state where we have women as Head of Civil Service. There are 12 Permanent Secretaries. This is highly commendable,” she said.
While commending the governor for his signature projects in his five years of rule, she called on other states to replicate what is obtained in Kano state.
The National Secretary of the association, Mrs. Ladi Bala said “In Kano, it is projected upon projects. Projects everywhere. We are glad Your Excellency that you uphold the glory of women’s inclusion in governance.”
In his remarks governor Ganduje discloses that “In Kano, we have more women in our administration than any other state. This was not done by accident. We examined our election very well and understood that women formed a significant percentage of the electorate. There were more women in queues.”
Justifying that, ” We also understand that if you involve women in administration, they are not only interested in gender issues, they are also interested in good governance. We want to revolutionize gender issues in Kano. Not only to put them in positions but in strategic positions.”
Governor Ganduje listed areas where his administration included women as partners in progress in his administration, the inclusion of women in the training of youth on automobile motor mechanics, recruitment of over 1,000 women as teachers, and hundreds of women benefiting from the state empowerment programs, amongst others.