Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos, on Wednesday, has urged that women be protected against abuse and anything that can inhibit their progress. The governor noted women are resilient and play a strategic role in national development.
He said, “As a governor, I am strongly committed and determined to create the space for our women and protect them against abuse and everything that will inhibit their progress.
“This is my commitment and I believe, it is the same for my other colleagues, including my brother, Abiola Ajimobi, Governor of Oyo State whose support for his darling wife has made this event a reality.”
Ambode was speaking at the 2017 National Women Summit of Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association, OYSOWA, held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
The governor said women are endowed with God-given abilities to get stronger no matter the circumstances and equally make positive difference in the lives of others even at their detriment.
The governor, who attended the event with his wife, Bolanle Ambode, said “The least we can do to appreciate our women and reciprocate their resilience and sacrifice is to give them all the support they require to achieve their dreams.
While describing the theme of the summit which is “The Resilient Woman: Making a Difference,” Ambode said it confirmed the hidden strengths of women which keep them going even in the face of most difficult challenges.
He added: “It is this resilience that has made the woman the warmth and bond that keeps the family together.
“This is very graphically expressed in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt who said “a woman is like a tea bag – you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water”. Our women have shown that they are not only strong but resilient, hardworking, gentle, loving and beautiful.
“Over the years, the indispensability of women in governance has continued to be appreciated and recognized particularly in this part of the world. In Lagos, whenever I have the opportunity I always say this; if you want a job done well, give it to a woman. Women make the difference,” Ambode said.
He also admonished women to positively deploy their skill set in any given position for the betterment of the country.