The Deputy Chief Executive Officer for the Northern Development Authority (NDA), Hajia Lariba Abudu has received nomination to be honored with an Honorary Award as: Pride of North East Women, at the maiden edition of the Northern Excellence Awards (NExA) in Tamale. The Northern Excellence Awards is an initiative of the Celebrities Charity Development Foundation (CeChaDeF) to recognize the diverse contribution of some individuals and organizations operating in the northern region.
Hajia Lariba is nominated in recognition to her contribution in the affairs of local governance at the West Mamprusi (Walewale) Municipal Assembly in the northern region. In 2006 she served a government appointee at the assembly and later got elected as an assembly member for the Fungu electoral area for three consecutive terms. As a result of her role in strengthening and enhancing the development of the people, she was subsequently elected as the Presiding Member for the assembly.
Aside this, she has been providing financial support to brilliant but needy children in the area for some years now. This has help many of the children to further their education to the tertiary level. Some of whom are now graduates in various professional fields.
She served as a member of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU)) committee under the Ministry of Gender, Children, Social Protection during the transition period in 2017.
In an interaction with Organizers of the Northern Excellence Awards, Hajia Lariba commended them for the novelty. She thanked them for recognizing her efforts in her field of endeavor.
She said: “I think I am being honored actually, very happy, for the first time in the history of my life that I have been nominated to be given an excellence awards of this nature, especially, coming from the northern sector of this country, we don’t see much of some of these things and I am so overwhelmed that it will encouraged me to do more.”
She believes this is something that can motivate and encourage others to follow suit and contribute to the socio-economic development of their respective societies.
She posited that “at least we need to get more women into the political career, decision making process is very key for women.”
Hajia Lariba Abudu contested the New Patriotic parliamentary primaries in the Walewale constituency prior to the 2016 general but lost with less than ten votes to the incumbent Member of Parliament for the area. She served as a member of the Manifesto and planning committee for the inauguration ceremony of President Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo.
*By: Northern Excellence Awards