The wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has advised women to abstain from lifestyles that could pose a threat to their well-being.
Mrs. Sanwo-Olu, who stated this while addressing a gathering of women across local councils and local council development areas in the state, yesterday, said: “As a responsible and responsive government, it behooves us to invite women within the state to deliberate more on the way forward and the expectations by them from the government, while also reckoning with the protection of their rights in the society.”
She said that the event was targeted at women’s emancipation across the 57 councils in Lagos State, with a view to enhancing productivity and economic growth.
The governor’s wife said that the event, which is the third edition of the Women Assembly, initiated under the present administration by Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), was rightly focused to help achieve the vision of sustainably reducing poverty and providing economic and technical assistance to women of all walks of life.
She added that the prevailing economic circumstances posed by a myriad of challenges that women encounter were aggravated by most societal influences and worst still, by the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, which informed the decision of the government to ameliorate the challenges.
The Lagos State First Lady, who acknowledged the unwavering support of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the cause of women in the state, urged women at the event to voice out on the challenges and their experiences such that further redress measures could be taken by the government.
SIMILARLY, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), Bolaji Dada, has urged women across the state to take deliberate steps that would guarantee their well-being, self-esteem, and financial independence.
Dada, who revealed that women in Lagos care more about their husbands’ and children’s health but pay little or no attention to their own personal well-being, said that the ministry would continue to use the Women Assembly platform to deliberate on issues that affect women and young ladies, including deliberating on issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the women folks can continue to comply with the laid-down safety protocols.
He reiterated the commitment of the administration to continually promote the cause of women, eradicate poverty and ensure the empowerment and holistic protection for all women and young ladies.