The number of female commissioners in Kaduna State has surpassed male, with women now representing 53 percent of commissioners in the state, according to Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe.
Daily Trust reports that Kaduna has 17 commissioners as members of the State Executive Council out of which there are now nine female and eight male.
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Commending Governor Nasir El-Rufai for the feat while swearing in political appointees on Wednesday, Balarabe said “at the moment, Kaduna State is the best destination to be a woman in Nigeria.”
She said the high number of women commissioners in Kaduna is “undoubtedly the best in Nigeria and any sub-national in Africa”.
She advised all women appointees to make the governor proud and thereby keep the doors open for more women to come in.
The new appointees sworn in include Umma K. Ahmed as Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Aminu Abdullahi Shagali as Special Adviser-Political Matters and Dr. Yusuf Yakubu Arrigasiyyu as the Executive Secretary of the state’s Pilgrims Welfare Agency.
She noted that it was the first time a woman will be presiding over the Ministry of Local Government Affairs in the history of the state while it was equally the first time since the merger of the Christian and Muslin Pilgrims’ Boards under a new law, that an Executive Secretary is being sworn in.
“Only Malam Nasir El-Rufai can easily dislodge traditionally held positions that hold back progress and development, like the male ‘ownership’ of the Ministry of Local Government. He has done that with so many issues since he became the governor of Kaduna state,” she added.
She further said the reorganisation of the pilgrims boards into one entity is intended to invigorate performance of government in pilgrimage matters irrespective of religion.