Wife of Nigeria’s Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, has urged women to instill right conducts in their wards to transform the children into greatness and create a safe and secure society.
Mrs. Osinbajo said this at the opening ceremony of the 17th National Women Conference organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), today in Lagos, with the theme: ‘She Creates, She Transforms.’
The VP’s wife emphasized that the womenfolk can draw inspiration from women who had performed well in their chosen profession and have their footprints speaking for them.
She said women “must speak up against rape and all forms of abuse against women and children, and also speak in defence of the downtrodden and less-privileged in the society.”
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, charged women to speak up against what she described as the “barbaric practice of female genital mutilation,” saying the campaign must start from the home front, churches, mosques, offices and the communities.
“Female genital mutilation is evil, it is wicked, it is anti-social and unjustifiable. Infact, it is a crime against women. We must devote time for enlightenment and awareness, especially among uneducated mothers,” she noted. “We must stand together against it, until the practice is totally eradicated in our country and the world.”
She also urged woman to resist the temptation of pursuing economic empowerment at the expense of taking good care and paying attention to their children, stressing that children who do not enjoy parental care, easily grow to become potentially dangerous youths who threaten the peace of the society.
“The rising trend of leaving the girl-child entirely in the care of housemaids, neighbours or strangers in pursuit of income or for flimsy reasons, should be discouraged.
“We must desist from and discourage child-labour, child-abuse and fight child trafficking with all our strength. We owe it a duty to give good parenting to our children and indeed all other children put in our care. We must give them hope and allow them see the positive side of life, as a way of bringing back good morals and societal stability,” Mrs Ambode said.
Responding, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and his counterparts from Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel; Edo, Godwin Obaseki; Bayelsa, Seriaki Dickson and Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, commended Nigerian women for their contributions to the society, stating that their role in nation building cannot be overemphasized.
The governors took turns to celebrate the doggedness, dexterity and creativity of women and their contributions towards building a better society.
Governor Ambode saluted the resilience of women in their different spheres, noting that women are naturally gifted with skills and talents that make positive difference and impact on their generation.
“Our women are constantly creative; making something out of nothing. Creativity has become very essential to succeed in today’s world because we face new challenges everyday – at home and at work. As the woman creates and transforms, she positively impacts the family, the workplace and the nation.
“With the female population in our country today, it is clear that our women have the capacity to positively affect the Nigerian economy and are already doing so.
“What is required is a deliberate and articulated policy to support female entrepreneurs and MSMEs. And from my experience, female entrepreneurs are outstanding business people who are very creative and hardworking. If you want a job done properly and delivered on time, give it to a woman,” he said.
Governor Ambode, while restating his administration’s commitment to supporting female entrepreneurs, disclosed that as at September 2017, at least 2,613 female entrepreneurs who run medium and small scale businesses had been funded through the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund to the tune of N2.1bn, assuring that more would be given before the end of the year.