…Calls for total eradication of female genital mutilation
By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Women have been regarded as the future of any society, owing to the motherly roles they usually play in the nation development, which could not be under-estimated.
Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola made the observation in Ibadan on Wednesday, while speaking at the fifth edition of the National Women’s Summit under the auspices of the Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association (OYSOWA), hosted by wife of the Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi.
According to the governor, governments at all various levels must develop capacity building for women to be empowered so as to bridge the gap in low level of women emancipation.
He demanded for a huge programme by the government for the empowerment of women, among other things.
Aregbesola added that the glamour of life was good, but there was the need t make women economic viable in this present economic downturn that the country is confronting with.
“I am here to tell to tell women not to be casual in playing the role that God has ordained them to play.”
“The role of women in the family is always the most significant in terms of nurturing and caring,” adding that they are the pillar beside every man who has attained success in life.
As the ultimate women, the governor, in strong terms, called on women to champion the course of total eradication of female genital mutilation, adding that their lives should be guarded jealously.
In his own goodwill message, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode maintained that the current economic recession in the country posed more challenges to everyone, because it knew no gender.
The governor noted that women in the country always lived up to expectations, adding that they needed more of men’s support.
“I enjoined them to be more committed to the course of bring succour to all and sundry in times of austerity like this,” Ambode pleaded with women.
In his keynote address, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi toed the lines of the previous speakers, noting that women have great influence on what men attained in life.
The governor emphasised that his administration would continue to engage more women for the pivotal roles they play.
While delivering the message of wife of the president, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, her representative, wife of the Zamfara State Governor, Aisha Asma-u Yari, said they were in Ibadan to celebrate women.
She noted that women had contributed in no small measure to the nation building, hence the need to proud of the roles in diverse ways.
She, however, reiterated the commitment of Mrs. Buhari to the uplift of socio-economic women in the country.
Earlier in her address of welcome, the hostess, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi said this year’s summit was a landmark one, being the fifth edition and that the Violence Against Women Bill 2016 was passed by the state’s House of Assembly.
The summit, themed: “The Ultimate Woman at a Time Like This,” in the opinion of Mrs. Ajimobi was a way to improve the lot of women in general, stressing that women must continue to etch their names in the annals of world history as achievers and trendsetters.
“With every new day, women continue to set records showing that the possibilities before us are limitless; right before our eyes, we saw a woman Hilary Clinton match ans surpass Donald Trump in the recently conducted campaigns and elections in America,” she pointed out.
Mrs. Ajimobi observed that quite a number of women needed to be given a springboard from which they could launch themselves into limelight, noting that a number of programmes have been designed for that purpose, which Mrs. Ajimobi said, required collaboration and support of all and sundry.
The three-day summit would also witness an award ceremony where some distinguished women would be specially recognised for their contributions to national development and achievements.
Among those slated for such recognition are the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Folake Sholanke; wife of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola; and the first female Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu.
Others are President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chief Nike Akande; leading industrialist, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika; an indigene of Oyo State, who emerged the 2016 best graduating medical student at the International University of Africa, Khartoum, Sudan, Miss. Oluwatoyin Islamiyat Abdukadir and Pastor Omowumi Popoola.