A member of House of Representatives, Mr Kayode Akiolu, has called on the Nigerian Army to deepen gender equality in the force.
Akiolu, who represents Lagos Island Constituency II at the lower house, made the call in a statement by his media aide, Bolaji Adamoh-Faniyan, on Tuesday in Lagos, while mourning the passing of Maj.-Gen. Aderonke Kale.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Kale was the Army’s first female officer to attain the rank of Major General.
Kale, born on July 31, 1939, died in London on Wednesday, Nov. 8. She was also a psychiatrist who studied Medicine at the University of Ibadan.
Akiolu, who is the Chairman House Committee on Anti-corruption Agencies, expressed sadness at the death of the army general.
“We encourage the Nigerian Army and the government to honour her memory by continuing to promote gender equality and creating more opportunities for women to excel in the military.
“Let us all work towards a society where women’s contributions are valued, recognised, and celebrated,” Akiolu said.
He noted that Kale’s contributions to the Nigerian Army and her pioneering role as a female officer had left an indelible mark on the nation’s history.
“She broke barriers and shattered glass ceilings, paving the way for other women to pursue careers in the military,” Akiolu said.
The Rep member further praised Kale’s unwavering dedication, exemplary leadership, and remarkable achievements, adding that they were an inspiration to many young Nigerians.
“She was a role model, a trailblazer, and a true patriot. The loss of such an extraordinary individual is deeply felt within the Nigerian Army community and beyond.
“Her legacy will forever be cherished, and her humanitarian efforts will always be remembered,” he said. (NAN)
Edited by Kamal Tayo Oropo/Olawunmi Ashafa