Women in Nigeria have been advised to stand up and take leadership positions particularly in politics.
River State Governor, Nyesom Wike gave the advice in Lagos at the ongoing 22nd National Women’s Conference of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO, with the theme: ‘Spring Forth, Stand Out,’
Governor Wike who was the Special guest of honour, noted that many of the challenges hindering the growth of women in the male dominated spaces in the Country would be surmounted with concerted efforts from government, relevant institutions and Civil Society Organisations, acknowledged that the involvement of women in politics and decision-making in Lagos State, is what has been making the State to be a pacesetter in the country.
Governor Wike who said he was amazed at all the achievements of COWLSO promised that he would encourage his wife to replicate all that he had learnt from the conference in his State and donated three hundred million naira to support the association’s projects.
The Rivers State Governor also endorsed Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu of Lagos for a second term in office and urged participants to vote for credible leaders in next year’s general elections.
“We are looking for a president that has the capacity and experience in governance, who can put food on the table for everyone and fight insecurity. That’s the person we are looking for; not some people who are talking about ethnicity.” he said.
Speaking in a similar vein, the wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari who joined the conference online, said politics in the country should not be about bitterness but achievements and commended Governor Wike for all the women liberation laws and projects he had carried out in his State.
Urging other State governments to support the laudable initiatives of women for the continued development of the nation, Hajia Buhari enjoined the conference participants and all Nigerian women to continue to encourage the youths to shun violence as electioneering approaches and to vote in leaders with vision and mission.
Expressing pride in the achievements of COWLSO, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu pointed out that the conference theme is a clarion call on women to reinvent themselves.
Welcoming participants to the conference, COWLSO’s Chairperson, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said in the last year, the Association had trained one thousand one hundred and sixty one market women and stakeholders, supported ten orphanages, currently renovating twelve schools across the State, while its flagship project; construction of Community Senior Secondary School in Ajah area of the State had been completed among other initiatives and projects.
Mrs Sanwo-Olu challenged all participants to stand out as there would no longer be excuse for stagnancy.
The three day conference which is being attended in-person and virtually by Participants from across the Country will end on Thursday this week.