Wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun has reiterated the need for the empowerment of women folks in every state of the federation.
Mrs. Abiodun stressed this at the ongoing 19th National Women’s Conference of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), held at Eko Convention Center, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
She said it was time for women to come together to surmount the challenges facing them economically, politically and socially, adding that women should always remember that they were pillars and rallying point for development in the country.
She enjoined the first ladies of different states to continue to improve on programmes geared towards elevation of women in all aspects of life, as this would further assist in improving quality of lives of the citizens, noting that women were known to be better managers of people and resources.
The host and Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu earlier in her welcome address, explained that COWLSO was a platform through which wives of the officials of the state promote child health care, empower women to discover their hidden treasures and protect the environment among others.
She stressed the need for women to reposition themselves in order to remain pillars of growth and development in their various states and the country at large.
Mrs. Sanwo-Olu said the theme of the Conference, “Unlearn, Learn and Relearn:21st Century Women’s T.H.E.M.E.S Perspectives/Approach”, encouraged women to embrace new ideas and innovations, to remain relevant, adding that, they must also learn to think outside the box and go steps further to fit more into the modern society.
The Secretary to the Lagos state government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji in her goodwill message, said COWLSO had continued to make meaningful difference in lives of not only women but also communities, through effective interventions in Education Support Projects, Child and Maternal Healthcare Initiatives, Women Empowerment and Girl Child Development Programmes among others.
She said, “No nation can optimize its full potential unless its womenfolk take their rightful place in contributing meaningfully across the socio-economic spectrum”.