Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Tuesday, said his administration is poised to empower women in spite of the challenges facing the folk.
Governor Sanwo-Olu stated this during the year 2022 Women Affairs and Poverty Alienation (WAPA) connect conference tagged: ‘The Emerging Woman” being organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
WAPA connect is an annual conference that brings together women achievers in the public and private sectors to network, share experiences and come up with suggestions on contemporary issues, including those that are critical to women achieving their full potentials.
In his keynote address, Sanwo-Olu said, “This conference was initiated in pursuance of our administration’s expressed commitment to optimally harness the potentials of both the male and female genders knowing fully that this is the sure path to attaining our full growth and development potentials as a state.
“It is also a testament to the policy of inclusiveness which our administration is strongly commitment to upholding. The adopted theme of this year’s conference “The Emerging Woman” speaks to the changing dynamics driven by the new thinking of the 21st Century as well as the new challenge, women have to overcome to play the role expected of them conscientiously.”
While citing the examples of Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume, who have not just become world champions but also broke existing records in athletics, the governor said, “Their remarkable success has once again demonstrated that there is no limit to the height a woman can attain with commitment, determination and the will to succeed.
“I want to assure you that we are not resting on our oars as there is still much to be done to support our women. Your support, collaboration and partnership as individual and organisations are critical and will be appreciated by the State government as we collectively identify with the aspirations of the emerging woman.”
Also speaking at the event, the First Lady, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said the conference offered opportunity to acquaint total women on the diversed role they play in the society.