MASLOC Deputy CEO Receives Prestigious Global Award
Accra, Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama Zakariah, a Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) has received the Global Female Leadership Impact Award and inducted into the Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame, 2017.
She was also named among the top 100 Most Influential Women Leaders in Emerging Economies to watch in 2018 at the just ended 5th edition of the South America-Africa-Middle East-Asia Women Summit (SAMEAWS) 2017, organised by the United Kingdom-Headquartered Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD) in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
It is one of the most prestigious awards in the world for outstanding and most influential women leaders.
Hajia Zakariah was also a panel discussant at the event on the theme: The Transformational CEOs and was featured in a three page exclusive interview in the Amazons Watch Magazine.
Receiving the award, she expressed appreciation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Mr Stephen Amoah, the CEO of MASLOC and Hajia Zakariah Madam Afia Akoto, also a Deputy CEO of MASLOC and the staff for the support she continues to enjoy from them.
She also thanked Ghanaians for the confidence and trust reposed in her to serve the nation.
Hajia Zakariah shared her experiences in office, and her efforts in balancing family life, work, and other social activities, adding that, As a Deputy CEO, in keeping with the delegated authority handed me, I am involved in most activities of the business and in charge of our big picture goals.
She said the restructuring of the Centre was a rewarding process and that seeing the growth and plans touching the target borrowers at the grassroots was the priority of the MASLOC team.
I love to see clients grow and spread the word about their businesses. My satisfaction is even more realised knowing that our borrowers are mainly women and enhancing their financial power to contribute to their family structures are even more meaningful.
The Deputy CEO attributed her success and balanced life to God and her husband who had consistently supported in her education, career and the handling of her family.
She said the vision of the New Patriotic Party under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo to ensure massive and active participation of women in politics, leadership and economic development of Ghana was globally recognised.
Hajia Zakariah said, in most emerging economies, women were the major contributors and in some cases, the sole providers of the needs of the household and are bearing the cost of school fees, providing and preparing food, clothing for the children and paying utility bills among others.
She said, the introduction of the Free Senior High School education policy by President Akufo-Addo has the potential of increasing school enrolment for girls, who otherwise would have been left out or engaged in social vices.
Even though some progress has been made by successive Governments in increasing women participation in politics, decision making and economic empowerment, some socio-cultural settings in some emerging economies still delineate women from directly accessing lands, loans and other capital acquisitions to establish or expand their businesses.
Hajia Zakariah noted that to increase women participation in the leadership of businesses, executive boards and in the political scene, there was the need to reform with affirmative action where a specific quota would be allocated to qualified women in high profile executive or political offices.
She said a draft bill on the Affirmative Action from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection was under review at the Attorney General’s Department and when passed by the Parliament of Ghana would enhance the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal five (5) for Ghana.
This is possible with the abundant evidence of the appointment of females in high offices including myself by the President Akufo-Addo who has always been passionate about women’s empowerment and his zeal on bridging the gap of gender inequality.
Hajia Zakariah is a young, talented, disciplined and purposeful Ghanaian woman appointed by President Akufo-Addo as a Deputy CEO to help revive, restructure and move the ‘heavily indebted’ MASLOC to a different height to ultimately support and lift women of Ghana out of poverty.
Source: Ghana News Agency