The wife of the Sokoto State governor,  Hajiya Mariya Aminu waziri Tambuwal has been named the 'Most Performing First Lady' for her excellence in women and youth empowerment by Patriotic Service award.
Mariya beats other nominees; the first lady of Delta, Lagos, and Ebonyi states in the poll to clinch the award at an event held in Lagos.
A statement from her media team said Hajiya Mariya remains committed to the cause of women and youth empowerment.
She said: “My husband and I remain committed to upholding the rights of Women and also to ensure that every child gets the basic education needed as pledged on the 2016 Girls Child Day.
"If you recall, a couple of weeks ago, for the first time in Nigeria, the Right to Education bill was passed and Sokoto state is leading as the first state in the country to achieve this monumental feat. Education is very vital to every human being; that’s why in Sokoto, we are determined to ensure this is achieved.
In terms of Women Empowerment, Hajiya Mariya said “Sokoto State Government has released N155 million for the construction of Women Development Centres in all the 23 local government areas of the state and these centres were designed to offer skills acquisition training to women in other to make them self reliant.”
She called on the people of Sokoto State to continue to support and pray for the success of her husband's administration.
She also thanked all those who voted for her to emerge as the winner of the prestigious award.
The Patriotic Service Awards is focused on celebrating Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in their career, business and youth-focused initiatives having been identified and nominated by other Nigerians.

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