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By Emmanuel Daudu/Abuja

Federal Government has appointed Dr. Asabe Vilita Bashir as Director-General for the National Center for Women Development (NCWD).

The appointment which was announced by the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen OFR KSD on Thursday, 8th April 2021, and communicated to the media by the Director Press, Ministry of Women Affairs, Shehu Maikai in a press statement disclosed that the new DG will take over the mantle of leadership of the NCWD on Monday, 12 April 2021.

According to Shehu Maikai, “the minister provided a profile of Dr. Vilita Asabe Bashir: It was Melinda Gates who noted, “When you lift up women, you lift up humanity.”

“For Dr. Asabe Vilita Bashir a celebrated academician, a woman of substance and of course, a mother to many, the passion and burning desire to enlarge the frontiers of women development, inclusion in social affairs and amplifying their voices on issues did not suddenly emanate from the blues.

“Growing up in the late 60s from a humble background, like millions of other Nigerian girls in her Limankara
community, Gwoza local government area of Borno state, her innocuous mind was directed to the fact that women deserve much more than they got in her immediate environment in terms of education, equal opportunity at the workplace, and indeed in the table of decision-making.

“Determined to make a difference, shatter the glass ceiling and bring succor to the helpless and vulnerable in the society, after her primary and secondary education in 1979 and 1984 respectively, with the necessary assistance and support from her family, she proceeded to the University of Maiduguri where she obtained her First Degree in Chemistry and Mathematics in 1988.

“A kindhearted soul, a woman of candor and unpretentious humility, she knew a tree cannot make a forest. This may have influenced her decision to mentor others when in 1989 she decided to take up a career as a lecturer in the Department of
Education of her alma mater, a fulfilling experience that lasted till 2003.

“The dream of obtaining a Ph.D. in Educational Philosophy came to satisfactory fruition in the year 2002 shortly before she left the classroom.

“Understanding that the political space will be a more virile platform to positively impact a larger number people and of course bring to bear her years of experience in the nation’s developmental discourse, Dr. Bashir was in 1997 elected into Borno State House of Assembly. And this feat was repeated in 2003.

“Her outstanding performance which hinged on the welfare, growth, and development of her people while in the Legislative House did not go unnoticed as she was penciled down for near a decade assignment in the Executive when she was in 2005 appointed a member of Borno State Executive Council.

“Her administrative dexterity saw her traverse across various ministries as
Commissioner in various Ministries.

“After the catalogue milestone she recorded in these Ministries, she could not but heed her people’s call to represent them at the centre as she was elected in 2015
to represent the people of Gwoza, Damboa, and Chibok Federal Constituency of Borno state.

“While in the National Assembly between 2015-2019, she was the Deputy Chairman,
Women in Parliament. As a lawmaker, she sponsored a bill to ensure that all girl
children are taken from street to school in the North, particularly her North-East zone where the insurgency has further exacerbated the challenge of out-of-school children.

“Aside from the area of education, Dr. Bashir deployed a robust advocacy mechanism in ensuring that the vulnerable group in Borno, particularly women and children, were given adequate care and attention.

“Blessed with heart of gold, this dogged and relentless activist leads at the forefront in efforts to lift the burden of those under the weight of insurgency.

“Aside numerous intervention projects she initiated and completed, she made numerous
cash donations to cushion the effects of hardship on her people of Gwoza, Damboa, and Chibok Federal Constituency.

“With her Vilita Bashir Foundation which was officially launched in 2000 with the cardinal aim of touching lives, Dr. (Hon.) Bashir has over 100 students and widows on monthly stipends to assist them in their studies and cushion the effects of the economic downturn.

“It is therefore not surprising that the President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari deemed her fit for appointment as the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Women Development.

“A highly detribalised and
cosmopolitan goal getter, she enjoys the support and buy-in of critical stakeholders within and outside the shores of our great country.

“There is consensus that with Dr. Asabe Vilita Bashir at the helm of affairs in the NCWD it is indeed a new dawn and the beginning of a better bargain for Nigerian women”, the minister added.

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