Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has called on women to continue to support the government in efforts to build a more prosperous and stable society.
The governor made the call on Wednesday at the 20th National Women’s Conference (NWC) of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO).
Sanwo-Olu said that the sentiment of a famous feminist author, Diane Mariechild, that “a woman is a full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform” was a testimony to the strength, zeal, and importance of women in people’s lives and society.
“You have a stake in the prosperity of our society. I hope this conference galvanises you to take action, where necessary, in order to fulfil 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.
“Let me assure you, that we will not relent in respectfully protecting the dignity of our women. We know that our state and country flourish when our women and children flourish.
“You matter to our continued growth and progress. I encourage you to continue to work with us to build a more prosperous and stable society,” he said.
The governor said that with the coronavirus pandemic, things would never be the same again, adding that there was, therefore, the need for all to come together to rebuild what had been lost to the pandemic.
Sanwo-Olu said that Lagos State would strive to rebuild its economy to rebuild, adding that the input of the women was highly required in this regard.
He said that as the world contended with a global health crisis, the time had come to critically look into ways in which women could make more impactful contributions to global development efforts.
He also said that the world was in need of empowered women who were not afraid to pursue their passion and fulfil their potential.
“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 rightful place in the society.
“I want you to be inspired by the life of another Nigerian woman, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is one of the last two contenders for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
“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, however, is: Are you ready to make history by exploring the possibilities in a New World?
“We are aware of your innate ability to proactively respond to change. It has become pertinent for you to explore new possibilities, develop new ideas and accrue skills needed to make meaningful contributions to your society,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu commended the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials for their dedication, tenacity, love, resilience and support in these challenging times.