Women Lawyers in Nigeria have recognised Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for his investments in the welfare of women and children in the state.
The award was presented in recognition of his roles in the promotion of women and children welfare by the International Federation of Women Lawyers ( FIDA) on Wednesday night at the Government House, Port Harcourt during a dinner hosted by the wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike.
Presenting the award of recognition to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on behalf of FIDA, Former FIDA Nigeria President and Judge of the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights, Justice Elsie Nwanwuri Thompson urged the governor to sustain his commitment to the welfare of women and children.
Justice Thompson was backed during the presentation by the National Executive Officers of FIDA Nigeria led by the National President, Mrs Inime Aguma .
FIDA National President, Mrs Inime Aguma said that Governor Wike’s contributions to the improvement of the living standard of women and children should be encouraged in the interest of the country.
She said that recognition was a unanimous decision of all the leaders of FIDA as part of the group’s desire to always place issues of women and children on the front-burner.
Hajiya Laraba Shuaibu, Regional Vice President for Africa of FIDA in her remarks lauded Governor Wike for standing up for women and children, saying that he deserves the award of recognition.
Representative of Association of Women Judges, Justice Patricia Mahmoud commended the government and people of Rivers State for their kindness, warmth and friendship all through the NBA Annual General Conference.
In-coming NBA National President, Mr Abubakar Mahmoud expressed satisfaction with the recognition extended to Governor Wike by the Women Lawyers. He used the opportunity to laud the governor for a successful NBA Annual General Conference.
Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo said that the governor had from the very beginning of his administration invested in women and children. She said the very first actions of the governor were the appointments of a female acting chief judge and President of the Customary Court of Appeal.
In her address, Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike thanked the women lawyers for recognising the efforts of the governor.
She appealed to female lawyers and judges to always empathise with the less privileged information their professional duties.
Governor Wike accepted the award and assured the nation’s female lawyers that he will always promote the interest of women and children.
The event was attended by female lawyers from all the branches of FIDA across the country.