Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has expressed displeasure at the non recognition of women, despite their contributions in building an egalitarian society and a prosperous nation.
Prince Abiodun who stated this at the 19th Conference of Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, described women as critical partners in nation building but regretted that their efforts were not always recognised.
“I want to appreciate our women for working towards improving their communities and the world at large. It is regrettable that women are not always recognised for their contributions to the society. But it is important to acknowledge their far reaching inputs, as they are engaged in risky tasks on daily basis”, he said.
He said Nigerians must place more value on learning by emphasising on new ways of doing things, as opposed to repeating the mistakes of the past
” To succeed today, we must be in constant state of adaptation by unlearning old roles and relearning new ones that requires continually questioning assumptions of how things work; challenging old paradigms and learning what is now relevant to your jobs, career and life”, he said.
Governor Abiodun who stressed that women should be encourage to participate in public and private governance, noted that many of them are hardworking and bread winners, with high level of skills in solving problems, adding that, “to hold a woman back is to hold the society back”.
He said COWLSO through the conference has created a template for strategic thinking and successful reorientation of the people’s mindset, saying change was the only constant thing in life and learning how to adopt it was not just important to survival, but to thrive in the bigger game of Life.
On his part, the Speaker, House of Representative, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, noted that education was the major way to empower women, who he said are important to nation building, adding that the House launched a 92 page legislative agenda, which focused on gender equality.
Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, represented by wife of the Vice President Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, said the programme would avail women the opportunity to rub minds and find a way forward for a better home, noting that women had the opportunity to build a better Nigeria.
The Special Guest of Honour and Governor of Kwara State, Abdurahaman Abdurasak, while declaring the conference opened, said gender issues were part of the Sustainable Development Goals, challenging women to rise as their failure would amount to the failure of all.