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IWD: Indian High Commission Honours Five Nigerian Women

He noted that in every field, women have made their mark.

Indian High Commission to Nigeria has honoured six Nigerian women for their sterling performance to the growth and development of Nigeria.

Those honoured at a ceremony in Abuja at the weekend to mark this year’s International Women Day (IWD) include Aisha Rimi, CEO Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Prof Fatima Waziri-Azi, DG National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons
(NAPTIP), Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote, DG, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Hajiya Bola Shagaya, a businesswoman and fashion enthusiast and Ms.Rahama Sadau, Nigerian Actress.

Speaking on the IWD, the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Gangandharan Balasubramanian said it was an important day for more than 50 percent of the population of the world are females (women), and they have to be celebrated for the contributions to the development of the world.

He noted that in every field, women have made their mark, noting that there is no limit to how far a woman can climb in their chosen field in India, calling on other countries which still have gender discrimination to take a leaf.

The envoy said the award was given in recognition of some of the leading women in Nigeria and to motivate others to follow in their footsteps.

One of the awards, the DG, NAPTIP, Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi described the award as a pleasant surprise to her.

She said: “A lot of time when you do your job, you don’t know many are watching, you don’t know that people are appreciative of what you do. I would say it is an honour and NAPTIP and Indian High Commission have had long collaboration.”

He said the award would add to motivate her to do more and spur her agency to feel appreciated and go after human traffickers.

Waziri-Azu said last year the agency performed creditably well as it was able to achieve what was difficult in the past, she said the year much more should be expected to be achieved.

Michael Olugbode in Abuja

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