…Greater Collaboration’ll Foster
Lasting Social Change, Says Lagos Gov’s Wife
…As COWLSO Holds 18th National
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi
Ambode and his counterpart in Edo State, Mr Goodwin Obaseki on Tuesday lauded
women for the roles they have been playing in societal development, saying they
must continue to embrace unity of purpose and action to further add value to
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the
opening ceremony of 18th National Women Conference of Committee of Wives of
Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island,
said though women have been working to complement their spouses, but
nonetheless such cooperation and collaboration needed to be scaled up in the
spirit of unity and oneness.
According to Governor Ambode,
“COWLSO has worked ceaselessly to complement the efforts of their spouses
on government. We are proud of your achievements particularly in the area of
giving hope and succour to the less privileged through donations both in cash
and in kind.
“The knowledge and good
spiritedness exhibited in the last three editions of the conference are values
that I cherish always.
“The theme for this year’s
conference: ‘Strengthening Our Collective Impact,’ is very apt and a call for
unity of purpose and action,” he said.
While expressing optimism that the
three-day conference would be impactful as usual, the Governor, who was represented
by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, said from the array of
distinguished speakers listed, it was evident that the programme had been
designed to add value to women and the society.
Besides, Governor Ambode
congratulated his wife, Mrs Bolanle Ambode and indeed the entire COWLSO members
for another successful outing, saying their roles were deeply appreciated.
“To her Excellency, Bola
Ambode, you have continued to be a virtuous women, a wonderful sister and a
wife any husband will be proud of. Thank you for being there at all
times,” the Governor said.
In her opening remarks, Mrs Ambode
who is the Chairman of COWLSO, said without being immodest, women all over the
world were pillars of growth and development of their countries, as women had
in many ways continued to play roles that demonstrated how important they were
to the progress of their countries economically, politically, socially and in
all other areas that mattered.
She said women in Nigeria were no
different, and that COWLSO was happy that women in Lagos State were setting the
pace, stressing that “our quest to continually improve the welfare of
women and sustain the vintage position of Lagos State in the federation, are
key objectives behind our coming together annually, to discuss the way
While emphasising the need for women
to collaborate, the wife of the Governor said such was critical to engender
significant and lasting social change that would beneficial to all.
She said: “When we come
together and collaborate, either in government establishments, privately owned
businesses, N.G.Os or wherever, we tend to achieve significant and lasting
social change that would be beneficial to all.
“We have the unique ability of
looking at problems and coming up with solutions, that would transform lives
and make the world a better place.”
She also urged women to learn to
come together, support each other and discard unproductive habits, as there was
advantage in numerical strength.
On activities of COWLSO in the last
three years, Mrs Ambode said the association had executed many health-related
projects, which had recorded impressive impact on the health of babies,
children, youths, women and the aged ones, including the upgrade of the Ear,
Nose and Throat (ENT) Department of the Lagos Island General Hospital, Odan
while also sponsoring goiter operation for some women two years ago and
donating Portable Otoread OAEs equipment to four general hospitals – Badagry,
Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikorodu and Gbagada General Hospital last year.
Mrs Ambode further said last year,
the committee donated an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to the Lagos Island
Maternity, while this year, COWLSO donated portable Otoread OAEs equipment to
Shomolu and Alimosho General Hospitals, as well as two Transport Incubator
Ambulance, to Gbagada General Hospital and Lagos Island Maternity Hospital.
“These facilities aptly
described as ‘womb on wheels’, are to be deployed to convey preterm babies,
also known as ‘premature babies’, to government facilities equipped with
neo-natal ICU, to save their lives. The ‘Transport Incubator’ is fully equipped
with life-support gadgets and other conveniences, making it a womb-like
environment for the baby, to enhance its chances of survival while being
evacuated to the ICU.
“Those special ambulance buses
can also be used to convey infants with severe post birth complications, and
others in serious emergency situations. The women of COWLSO reckon that with
this intervention, many more newborns, infants and children in Lagos State,
will be saved from avoidable deaths with attendant happiness to their
parents,” she said.
While declaring the conference open,
Governor Obaseki said the programme had helped in connecting the family with
government, as wives of government officials had always ensured that they
supported their husbands in the smooth running of government.
“This is a powerful network, it
is powerful because it serves as opportunity for government to reach its people
in another perspective of what is going on across the state,” he said,
adding that it was only the family of government officials who would be able to
point them in the right direction when they appeared to derail from the track.
Obaseki commended COWLSO for its
intervention in the health sector through donations of health equipment to
hospitals as well as making significant contributions for the health being of
the less privileged in the society, adding that the committee served as
inspiration to many states, as such ideas had been replicated in many states,
while assuring that Edo State would soon replicate same for women in the State.
The highlight of the day was the
presentation of the Inspirational Woman Award to Mrs Toyin Sokefun-Bello,
popularly known as ‘T.Y. Bello’ for her outstanding work in photography and