National Women’s Conference targets 3,000 participants

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

L-R Wife of the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mrs Obasa, Wife of the Commissioner for Environment and Water resources, Prof. (Mrs) Ibiyemi Bello, Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. (Dr) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Wife of the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Oluremi Hamzat at the press briefing to announce this year's National Women's Conference in Lagos.

About 3,000 participants are expected to attend the 2019 National Women’s Conference organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), in Lagos.

Convener of the Committee and First Lady of the State, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has said.

At a press briefing, Dr. Sanwo-Olu mentioned that the 19th edition of the annual conference would hold at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island from October 22 to 24, 2019.

She explained that the conference had about 1,800 participants in the past; 2,500 last year and hoping to have about 3,000 active participants throughout this year’s conference.

“The theme of this year’s conference: “Unlearn, Learn And Relearn: 21st Century Women’s T.H.E.M.E.S Perspectives/Approach,” was carefully selected after rigorous brainstorming sessions, as it was designed to empower women with skills to key into emerging opportunities being provided by the administration of the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“We have lined up very eminent Nigerians and outstanding professionals to help our women come to terms with how best they can key into the emerging opportunities being provided by the government of the day in Lagos State,” she said.

Cross section of Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials at the event.

Special Guests
Dr Sanwo-Olu said that the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari would declare the Conference Open, alongside Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, while his counterpart from Nasarawa State, Governor Abdullahi Sule would serve as Special Guest of Honour at the closing ceremony.

She added that as part of efforts to give more women the opportunity to participate, the conference would be live-streamed on various media platforms, while participants can collect conference materials at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja from October 17 to 19, 2019.

More activities
She said in furtherance of the need to create more awareness, an Awareness Walk would be held on October 12 from Ikeja Local Government back to Lagos House, Alausa from 7am, while as part of COWLSO’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, she would pay a courtesy visit to the Children and Post Natal Wards of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja also on October 12, to identify with the babies on admission.

Chairman COWLSO also stated that there would be raffle draw at the gala night of the conference with opportunities for women to win mouth-watering prizes including a house, brand new cars, first class return ticket, deep freezers, among others.

Special awards, according to the First Lady, would also be presented to the Inspirational Woman of the Year and as well Certificates of Appreciation to individuals and Corporate Sponsors who have supported COWLSO, with all necessary arrangements firmed up in terms of logistics, security, welfare, among others.

Plans ahead
On her plans for women in the State, the First Lady said concerted efforts would be geared towards medical assistance, financial assistance to students especially through the ‘Adopt A Student Project,’ creating more awareness to women, building more youth centres and a lot of health interventions, among others.

Besides the main theme, other sub-themes according to the committee include: “The 21st Century Woman – Build Not Born To Influence The Society; Entertainment And Tourism: Prism Of Possibilities – Tourism and Entertainment; The Total Woman; Entrepreneurship: Making Money And More Money – Agric Entrepreneurship, Financing and General Trading; Mould A Child And Build A Greater Generation; Healthy Woman – A Healthier Nation: Maternal & Child Mortality; Development And A Healthy City – Creating A Balance – Waste To Wealth, and Obey Traffic Laws,” among others.


Sammie Idika