Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Osun State counterpart, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola on Wednesday called on well meaning individuals and corporate bodies in the country to support women empowerment to enhance Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
The duo spoke at the 20th National Women’s Conference organised by the Committee Of Wives Of Lagos State Government Officials (COWLSO) currently being led by the wife of Lagos State Governor Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu with the theme, “Exploring the Possibilities in a New World,” held virtually in Lagos.
In his address, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State who was the Guest of honour noted that women’s role in the society cannot be overemphasized, saying they should be adequately supported in their various endeavours to promote strong family mental wellbeing and economic growth.
Oyetola remarked that this year’s theme is an apt strategy by women to live up to their expectations as the bearers and managers of lives to swiftly mobilise and prepare humanity to find solutions to the challenges that COVID-19 has thrown at mankind and explore opportunities inherent in the New Normal.
He said, ‘’ It is heartening that the Wives of Lagos State Officials have been collaborating and strategising in the past 20 years to empower women and youths to contribute to the development of Lagos State, the nation and mankind. It is also heartwarming that they have demonstrated ingenuity and resilience by adapting to the realities of the moment through the hosting of a maiden virtual Conference to prepare and equip women and youths with the requisite skills and competencies for survival in this post COVID-19 era.
‘’As mothers and society builders, women constitute the best vanguard for propagating the strategy and the content of the New Normal to the rest of the society, especially our youths who constitute about 60 percent of our population. The best way to help them to perform their roles properly is to equip them with the requisite skills and knowledge in conferences like this.’’
Also speaking, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said, ‘’I am proud to say that COWLSO’s annual women’s conference has had a positive impact on our women as I see how confident they have become in contributing to the political and socio-economic growth of our dear State and country.
‘’As your patron, I urge you all to immerse yourselves in this conference over the next two days so that you can become better equipped to take your place in the world.
‘’I want you to be inspired by the life of another Nigerian, Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is one of the last two contenders for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Her nomination and eventual advancement to the final round of the selection process should tell you that the global stage is ready for Nigerian women, the question is: are you ready to make history by exploring the possibilities in a New World?
‘’You have a stake in the prosperity of our society. I hope this conference galvanizes you to take action where necessary in order to fulfill your God-given potential. I am convinced that you will courageously continue to play your part in the development of our society while doing all you can to improve your lives and families.’’
Earlier, the Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials Dr. (Mrs.) Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu COWLSO is a strategic community-based gender organization established principally to support officials of the Lagos State Government to fast-track growth and development, with the aim of improving the welfare of Lagosians.