Veteran journalist and human rights activist, Late Hajiya Bilikisu Yusuf was given a posthumous award in recognition for her contributions to the development of women and the girl-child in the country.
The award was part of activities lined up to celebrate this year’s edition of Women and Girls summit with the theme: Empowerment and Training: Innovating for the Girl-Child Education organised by the National Centre for Women Development.
Presenting the awards, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Ezekiel Oyebo- la Oyemomi said the contributions of Hajiya Yusuf to the development of women cannot be overemphasised, stating that she would be missed for exhibiting sterling qualities in matters relating to girl- child education.
“”The award is in recognition and appreciation of the positive impacts she made on Nigeria and humanity in general”, Dr. Oyemomi said.
The award was collected on her behalf by a tearful, Hajiya Mariam, President of FOMWAN, Abuja branch who lauded the centre for the recognition accorded to the late Hajiya Bilkisu and who was herself an active participant in the activities of the Islamic organisation for women.
Hajiya Bilkisu who had been a speaker at the maiden edition of the Women and Girls summit last year had also been billed to speak at this year’s summit.
Other awardees honoured include the Emir of Kano, Mallam Mu- hammadu Sanusi II, the immediate past Governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fahaola and Dr. Otive Ogbuzor, the Executive Director of African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development.
– Charity Simon, Abuja