Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the Wife of the Lagos State Governor has urged women across the state, to pursue moves that would guarantee their well-being and financial independence.
Sanwo-Olu gave the urge while addressing a gathering of women at the 2021 Women Assembly organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) for women across all Local Government and Local Development Council Areas in the state.
She said the programme which was put together to promote women emancipation with the aim of enhancing productivity and economic growth.
She said:”As a receptive government, it behoves us to invite our women within the State with a calculated process towards meeting up expectations deserving of our women while also reckoning with the protection of their rights within the society.
“This initiative by the government through WAPA was targeted at women emancipation across the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State, with a view to enhancing productivity and economic growth.
“The focus is to help achieve the vision of sustainably reducing poverty and providing economic as well as technical assistance, to women at all levels.”
She noted that the two previous phases of the initiative held in 2020 and earlier this year respectively, made a significant impact towards alleviating the plight of women.
The Governor’s Wife, however, tasked women to always voice out on the challenges and experiences, such that further redress measures can be applied by the Government.
Also speaking, Mrs Cecilia Bolaji Dada, the Lagos State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, said that the women forum was a viable platform that promotes active women participation in policies and programmes of the Ministry.
According to Dada, the outcome of the last edition of the programme shows that women pay little or no attention to their own personal welfare.
She said:” The feedback from the last forum was very inspiring and remarkable, the reason being that, it created an opportunity for our women at all levels, regardless of their status, profession or social standing; to voice out their plights and raise solutions to the issues relating to womanhood.
“Lagos women care effectively for their husbands and children but often neglect their own medical needs.
“This initiative is also part of medical intervention for women folks with a view to encouraging thorough health checks in order to curb hidden illnesses that could be detrimental to qualitative well-being of active women in the State.”
Dada said that WAPA would continue to use the Women Assembly platform to deliberate on issues that affect women and young ladies, including ruminating on issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, Dr. Babajide Martins, Director of Lagos State office of the Public Defender advised women to cajole their husbands to have a will in place.
Martins urged participants to get acquainted with the rudiments of matrimony and processes guiding proper documentation of Will for both women and men within the society.
: Every woman feels safe when her spouse prepares a Will before his death.
“Women should avoid being a witness in the documentation of the process of writing a will, otherwise it could be knocked off in the court of law as invalid for execution,” he said.
Free medical checkups and consultation with health personnel were part of the two days programme