Nigeria women have been tasked to brace up to the sustainable development challenges of the 21st century and contribute their quota towards surpassing the legacies of past women icons in the country.
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who gave this charge in his address at the year 2019 National Women Conference, convened by the Osun Women Development Association (OSUNWA) in Osogbo, State of Osun, emphasised the positive and credible contributions of great women leaders, who had impacted to the global socio-economic development.
Governor Abiodun, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olatokunbo Talabi, commended the visionary leadership of the Wife of Osun State Governor, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola and OSUNWA members for organising the conference at this period, pointing out that Nigeria women in all spheres of human endeavours had exemplified themselves, not only in governance matters but also in global socio-economic development.
Speaking on the theme, “WOMAN: Pioneer of Change for Inclusive Participation in Development”, Governor Abiodun said the theme was apt and very instructive, particularly when the issue of women representation and active participation was attracting lot of attention globally, maintaining that women are vital to the economic growth and development of any nation.
“In Ogun State, we are always proud of the achievements of our daughters in different spheres of life. We are also proud of the achievements of our forebears in championing the cause of democracy, good governance and civil liberty.
“History abounds with the exploits of women of Ogun State, who involved in the campaign for women’s right in politics and decision making; names like Efunroye Tinubu, Chief (Mrs.) Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti and Iyalode Bisoye Tejuoso, amongst many others, readily comes to mind.
“This is without mentioning the quality of leadership women folks have continued to perform in some of our Ministries, Departments and Agencies. I must say, the brilliant track records of achievement of many of our women, as Deputy Governors, just as we have a very vibrant Deputy Governor, in the person of Her Excellency, Engineer (Mrs.) Noimot Salako-Oyedele and other female appointees that have continued to aid the socio-economic development of our dear State”, he submitted.
He thereafter called on participants to explore the opportunities of the conference, saying Ogun State would look into the recommendations from the conference towards the successful implementation of “Building Our Future Together” agenda, while his administration would continue to accord women equitable representation.
Also speaking, Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, re-echoed and analysed the innate potentials of women, who had been regarded as co-pilots and whose roles cannot be over-emphasised, appealing to women to come together towards charting a course for the all-round development of the nation.
Dignitaries present at the event were; the Host Governor, Mr.Gboyega Oyetola, Wives of Ogun, Lagos and Ondo Governors amongst others.