Adamawa - Newly appointed female commissioners in Adamawa on Friday vowed to contribute their quota to the development of the state
While thanking Gov. Murtala Nyako for appointing them, four out of the seven female commissioners made the vow in Yola.
Mrs Arziki Sawa, Hajiya Halima Mohammed, Mrs Lucy Ishaku and Mrs Jummai Philips, said that they were grateful to God and the governor for giving them the opportunity to serve and would make sure they lived up to expectation.
``The governor had made good his promise to give women 35 per cent representation in his cabinet.
``I want to assure the people of Adamawa, particularly the women folk that the seven of us are equal to the task and will not disappoint them,” Mrs Arziki Sawa said.
On her part, Hajiya Halima Mohammed, said that the appointment of seven women which was the first of its kind in the state was a great honour to the women, which they would reciprocate by making a difference.
``We are ready and fully committed to serve. We want people to pray for us so that we can successfully deliver and make the desired impact,” Mohammed said.
Mrs Lucy Ishaku, who described their appointment as ``an act of God’’, said that she was confident that God would guide them in their bid to make a difference that would make women proud in the state.
Mrs Jummai Philips, who said that her appointment came as a surprise, promised to do her best to leave a mark.
`I want to thank the Almighty God for this opportunity which I never expected and to assure the people of the state particularly women that we won’t disappoint them,’’ Philips said.
Commenting on the appointment of the commissioners, the only two female lawmakers in Adamawa House of Assembly, Mrs Wilbina Jackson and Mrs Wale Fwa, lauded governor Murtala Nyako for the gesture.
They described the appointment as ``a welcome development’’ to all women in the state.
``I feel very great and I am grateful to the governor for this gesture. We are really moving toward the 35 per cent female representation the governor promised women.
``As for the women commissioners, I will advise them to remain focus and confident in discharging their duties,’’ Jackson said.
On her part, Mrs Wale Fwa urged the commissioners to consider their appointment as ``a major challenge’’ to women in the state and urged them not to disappoint the women folk
``This is a very good development indeed. We are moving forward and I call on them to do their best and make sure they don’t disappoint us,’’ Fwa said.
The other three in the cabinet are Mrs Lilian Stephen, Mrs Talatu Yohanna, Mrs Margret Nzombatu.