Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the First Lady of Lagos State, has urged women across the country to adopt a growth mindset and inspire other women to become policymakers, as well as advocating for the adoption of a special system that allows more women to hold leadership positions in the judiciary, legislative, and executive branches of government.
Mrs. Sanwo-Olu made the remarks during the Gala Night of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO21st )’s Annual National Women’s Conference, which is currently taking place at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
“As women, we must have a growth mindset to ensure that women are properly positioned to inspire other women and ensure that women are in places of policy-making and decision making. We need to have more women in the legislative, judiciary and executive arms of government”, she said.
Describing women as bankable, dependable and formidable, the First Lady urged participants to develop their potentials and see how to support other women and girls with the knowledge gained so far at the conference.
In her words: “From our sessions at this conference, some of the words that kept on ringing in my head include the fact that as women, we are bankable, we are dependable, we are available, we are sustainable, we can network, we are mothers that give birth to nations, we are mothers that influence our children, we are mothers that influence fathers at home and so, there are so many potentials inside of us. We have to wake up to our innate abilities as women”.
“We have realised that the sky is no longer the limit; every woman here is an ambassador in her home, in her community and so from everything that we have learned, we will not only learn and keep but we have to use it positively to influence the society”, she said.
Sanwo-Olu, who is also the Chairman of COWLSO, said the theme of the conference ‘AWAKE’, was specially chosen to ensure that women are conscious and alive to their responsibilities.
“As you know, our theme this year is ‘Awake’. In every aspect of life where women are, it is about time that you wake up whether you are a grandma, whether you are a farmer, whether you are a student, whether you are a professional, where ever you find yourself, it is important that we wake up and stop crying over spilt milk and stop believing that we can’t do it”, she said.
While maintaining that as women, conscious efforts must be made to mentor the younger generation and go further to support and sponsor their ideas, the First Lady commended the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his support for the female gender in the State, just as she called on all men and boys to equally embrace the ideals of women.
At the event, several mouth-watering prizes were won by some of the physical and virtual participants, including a N25 million three-bedroom apartment at Sangotedo, Lekki, won by a civil servant attached to the Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mrs. Olasunbo Bankole; a brand new GAC GS3 SUV won by a shop owner in Surulere, Mrs. Adetoro Ojora-Akintola; and a return ticket to London won by the Director of Administration and Human Resources, Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority, Mrs. Mary-Ann Adetoro Amodu.
The return ticket was won by Mrs. Amoduon her wedding anniversary, a development that made Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu, who was in attendance at the event, announce another return ticket to London for her husband so that the couple can travel together to celebrate their anniversary.