Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has called for more active participation of women in politics.
He said that men have failed to find solutions to the numerous problems bedeviling the country.
Akeredolu spoke as the Special Guest of Honour at the hybrid 2021 Conference of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) in Lagos on Tuesday, with the theme “Awake”.
Governor Akeredolu emphasised that men need women in order to address urgent needs of the country.
He said the history of Nigeria would not be complete without the role of women who had contributed to the progress of the country.
“The history of Nigeria is replete with heroic deeds of women. We have had women who had contributed to the progress of this country. We must continue to appreciate them.
“There is no reasonable society that can push women to the back seat and expect to make progress. If the country must move forward, women must lead us to progress.
“I am ready to follow women, we must be ready. Women are good leaders. There is need for women who are politically conscious not to leave politics for men alone; they have never led this country properly.
“You must embrace politics. You must go beyond jamboree of being best political singers at rallies. You can’t be singing at political rallies, you must do something else,” he said.
Akeredolu called on men to work with women politically.
He urged wives of political office holders to avoid using their conducts to tarnish the integrity of their husbands, adding that they should influence their husbands positively in government policies.
The Wife of the President, Aishat Buhari, represented by Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Women Affairs to the President, Dr. Rukayat Gurin, in her message, urged women to use their roles for the greater benefits of the society. She also urged men to support their wives.
“Lagos has set the pace for women. This conference demonstrates how powerful Lagos women have been in supporting their husbands. This conference would positively impart women in Lagos and Nigeria in general.
“I would encourage our husbands to support their wives and collectively achieve greater heights greater. It’s important not to forget our past. I strongly believe we have our husbands support. We need more assistance to move together positively,” she said.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, emphasised the importance of women in the society, especially in a home.
He urged women to be alert to their responsibilities, and not allowed themselves to be pushed to the background.
“Awake is a clarion call to the 21st century women to become fully alert to her responsibilities as a pillar, enabler, and catalyst within the family , in the workplace, the Civic space, and the larger society. It is a rallying cry to women, young and old, to be bold, assertive and fearless in the quest for a truly just, equitable and inclusive society,” he said.
In her opening speech, the Chairman of COWLSO and First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu urged women to stand and contribute positively to the society.
She added the recent security challenges facing the country such as kidnapping, terrorism and banditry is a wake up call for women to prepare themselves for the future.
Highlights of the opening day of the event was the presentation of 2021 Inspiration Woman Awards to some members.
Some of them were Mrs Muheeba Wonuola Folami, Mrs Foluke Abdul-Rasaq, Iyalode of Lagos, and Chief(Mrs) Bintu Fatima Tinubu.
Award was also presented to Nigerian female footballer, Asisat Oshoala, as the 2021 Inspirational Youth.
This year’s event was attended by First Ladies of Osun, Ondo, Kwara, Ogun and Ekiti states..