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Wike donates N300m to women projects in Lagos

Women in Nigeria have been advised to stand up and take leadership positions particularly in politics.

River State Governor, Nyesom Wike gave the advice in Lagos at the ongoing 22nd National Women’s Conference of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO, with the theme: ‘Spring Forth, Stand Out’.

Governor Wike who was the special guest of honour, noted that many of the challenges hindering the growth of women in the male dominated spaces in the country would be surmounted with concerted efforts from government, relevant institutions and civil society organizations.

He acknowledged that the involvement of women in politics and decision-making in Lagos State has made the state a pacesetter in the country.

Governor Wike who said he was amazed at all the achievements of COWLSO promised that he would encourage his wife to replicate all that he had learned from the conference in his State and donated N300 million to support the association’s projects.

The Rivers State Governor also endorsed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos for a second term in office and urged participants to vote for credible leaders in next year’s general elections.

Also, The wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari who joined the conference online, said politics in the country should not be about bitterness but about achievements.

She commended Governor Wike for all the women’s liberation laws and projects he had carried out in his State

Urging other state governments to support the laudable initiatives of women for the continued development of the nation, Hajia Buhari enjoined the conference participants and all Nigerian women to continue to encourage the youths to shun violence as electioneering approaches.

Expressing pride in the achievements of COWLSO, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu pointed out that the theme of the conference was a clarion calls on women to reinvent themselves.

Welcoming participants to the conference, COWLSO’s Chairperson, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said in the last year, the Association had trained 1,161 market women and stakeholders, supported 10 orphanages, currently renovating 12 schools across the State, while its flagship project, construction of Community Senior Secondary School in Ajah had been completed among other initiatives and projects.

Reporting by Omolara Omosanya; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu