Women of Change Series: An Icon of Change

Author: PERL

''Thanks to PERL, I know I am not alone. Through these trainings and the Women in Governance Community of Practice, I am now connected to 52 other female leaders in government. Among the community, I made a particularly strong connection with Henrietta Jacobs, the former Chairperson Board of Internal Revenue in Imo State and Dr. Nnenna Chikezi, the Executive Secretary, Planning Commission in Abia State, with whom I was able to draw parallels in experience and learn from her challenges, difficulties and solutions. I am indeed privileged to pull more experiences from these women who have excelled and recorded great achievements… Every time we interact, I discover new ideas and secrets of life.'' Hajiya Yabawa Kolo assumed an Executive role in the leadership of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (BOSEMA) in January 2018, and is believed to have brought in a more 'humanitarian focus' into the operations of the state relief agency. Popularly known as 'Uwar Marayu" (indispensable mother of the needy), Yabawa, as many would prefer to call her on the first-name basis, continues to marvel all as she courageously leads in taking relief supports to displaced persons even in the most dangerous locations of the state amidst the security challenge and the COVID-19 pandemic.