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Lagos first Lady calls on women to unite to fight socio-political challenges

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The Lagos State first Lady, Dr (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has called on women to unite to address the socio-political challenges they are faced with.

Dr Sanwo-Olu made this call at the induction and award ceremony organised by the National Council of Women Societies Nigeria (NCWS), Lagos State chapter on Thursday.

During the event, new executive members were appointed including Alhaja Memunat Ajao as its President. Also, awards of excellence were conferred on deserving individuals.

The First Lady said the job of women’s societies is beyond taking trips but one that requires hard work, commitment and dedication to address the socio-political challenges confronting the women.

She added, “Women must lift each other. We must unite. We are the voice for the voiceless. There are so many people that need our assistance. Women must be lifted up.

“One power that we have is our mouth and tongue and we will use it constructively to develop our country and state. We will remain beautiful women that have brains.”

Particularly, she said the high prevalence of drug abuse and sexual and gender-based violence are issues that need intervention by women societies.

She commended the NCWS for being at the forefront of promoting issues affecting the women, while also advising the newly appointed executives not to rest in their oars by focusing on economic and social empowerment of women.

In her augural address, the newly appointed NCWS president in Lagos, Alhaja Ajao promised to serve diligently and peacefully with other members of the executives to lift women in Lagos State.

“Women should trust themselves. Government should trust women for without women there is no Nigeria. Women are the ones who bring up children; women are the ones training these children. Therefore they need the assistance of the government to help them in bringing up good children for the nation,” she said.

Some of the awardees included the First Lady of Lagos state, Mrs Sanwo-Olu, Alhaja Lateefat Gbajabiamila, mother of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Femi Gbajamila; Wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat; Dame Abimbola Fashola, Wife of Former Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola; former Deputy Governor, Princess Sarah Sosan, among others.

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