Gov Akeredolu: women can rescue Nigeria from crossroads, call for women’s active participation in politics

Uploaded by on October 26, 2021

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has described women has having the ability to rescue Nigeria from its quagmire if allowed to take charge.
According to him, the man have failed the system and it was high time women took the lead.
Akeredolu spoke when he opened the 21st National Women Conference (NWC) organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO). The three-day conference theme is ‘Awake’.
He said: “Women cannot be confined to the back seat if Nigeria must prosper the more. They should either be by our side or even take the lead.
“Men have never led this country well, men have failed this country. Things would have been better if women have been involved. Enough of jamborees, singing and dancing at political gatherings, women must do something.”
According to Akeredolu, focus must also shift to the proper training of the girl-child so she understands she has a role to play in the future.
He added: “The history of Nigeria is replete with heroic deeds of women and 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 take the lead. Women are good leaders.
“I am ready to follow women; we must all be ready. Women who are politically-conscious should not leave politics for men alone because men have never led this country properly. Women must embrace politics; you must go beyond the jamboree of being best singers at political rallies, you must do something more.”
The governor also urged men to work towards ensuring women are truly free.
“We must stop obnoxious practices which diminish the potentials of the girl-child. We must resist attempts by those who crave perpetual domination. We must improve on our education curriculum so that our women can enjoy true freedom in all ramifications; their freedom should not be limited,” he added.
Akeredolu, however, admonished women to be light to other women and show the way. He also urged wives of political office holders to positively influence their spouses to do right always.
Wife of the President Mrs. Aishat Buhari, who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant on Women Affairs and Administration to the President, Dr. Rukayyat Gurin, urged women to use their roles for the greater benefit 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 impact women in Lagos and Nigeria in general. I would encourage our husbands to support their wives to collectively achieve greater greater heights. It’s important not to forget our past. I strongly believe we have our husbands support but we need more assistance to move together positively,” she said.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu emphasised the importance of women in the society, especially in the home. He urged women to be alert to their responsibilities, and not allow themselves be pushed to the background.
He said: “Awake’ is a clarion call to the 21st century woman 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.
“In a world where the needs and perspectives of women are often pushed to the back, and where violence of all kinds is routinely deployed against them, the need for such a forceful wake-up call can never be over-emphasised.
“That is why our THEMES agenda would ensure we can put our women in the driver’s seat to take the rightful position in achieving the greater Lagos agenda.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu also urged men to be mindful of their treatment of women, warning that their words and actions might unconsciously hold women back ‘or make their journeys through life more difficult than it should be.’
COWLSO Chairman and Lagos State First Lady Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu urged women to stand and contribute positively to the society.
“It’s time to assert ourselves and contribute positively to our society. Don’t be laid back. No matter where you find yourselves, always remember that you have something to bring to the table. We all have a role to play whether you are a grandma, a career woman, house wife, entrepreneur, student or farmer,” she said.
Highlight of the opening ceremony was the presentation of 2021 Inspirational Woman Award to some members – Mrs. Muheeba Folami, Mrs Foluke Abdul-Rasaq, and Mrs. Bintu-Fatima Tinubu (Iyalode of Lagos). International female footballer Asisat Oshoala also got the 2021 Inspirational Youth Award.
The conference was attended by first ladies of Osun, Ondo, Kwara, Ogun and Ekiti states, wife of the House of Representatives Speaker Mrs. Salamatu Gbajabiamila, Senator Oluremi Tinubu (represented by Mrs. Kafayat Bashua), wife of the service chiefs,
COWLSO was founded in 1974 by the late Dame Obafunmilayo Johnson, wife of the late Brig.Gen. Mobolaji Johnson, the first Military Governor of Lagos State. It was revived by Senator Oluremi Tinubu in 1999 when she was First Lady.

Yemisi Dada


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