Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Bisi Fayemi, has said that the United Nations (UN) Women award given to the state government delighted her. She described it as a remarkable recognition of the state government’s laudable activities in gender mainstreaming.
Fayemi, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend, said the award, which was in recognition of the strong political will in the area of gender mainstreaming, would spur the state government to be more committed to gender-related issues.She however said that contrary to some media reports, the award was for the state government and not to her, adding that it was only presented to her in her office.
She said: “I am delighted that the Ekiti State government has been acknowledged by UN Women and the OSSAP SDGs for strong political will in the area of Gender Mainstreaming and Women’s Empowerment.
“The Ekiti SDGs office received the award in Abuja recently on behalf of the state government and came to present it to me at a courtesy visit. I acknowledge all the kind words of congratulations, but I would like to point out that the award went to Ekiti State and not to me as an individual.
She said she was happy that their efforts have been recognised, adding: “This award will encourage the leadership of Ekiti State to do more in the area of women’s empowerment.”The governor’s wife also disclosed that efforts are being put in place for the return of the Ekiti Development Foundation (EDF) to continue its growth in the state.