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Hajiya Bilikisu Receives Posthumous Award


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

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