Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has said that the role played by women in nation building cannot be over emphasised as empirical studies confirmed that women make significant impact in shaping the society.
Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said this during the 2019 Women in Leadership Series organised by the Handmaidens Women’s Ministry of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) City Of David at the Conventional Centre Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria-Island, Lagos.
The Leadership Series is with the theme: “Leading Women Building Legacies”.
Mrs Sanwo-Olu stressed that women have been playing leading role in shaping the nation and this dates back to the pre-colonial era.
According to her, “In our role as leaders whether in the home, in the corporate world, in politics and so on, women nurture generations and create an enabling environment for our future leaders to actualize their potentials.”
She noted that the invisible work of women in the household, community building and conflict resolution which has significant human development implications often goes unacknowledged.
The Wife of the Governor stressed that when given the right opportunity, every woman would see the bigger picture and understands how pivotal they are to the future of our society and nation as a whole.
“When people talk about building legacies, they are usually thinking in terms of what they can do in their old age before they pass on. But I strongly believe that your legacy will be measured by what you do every day, all day to make impact.
“The most influential people, the ones who leave behind incredible legacies, live on in the hearts of the people they’ve touched along the way,” she said.
She challenged the womenfolk to have a rethink of what their role in life is, what legacies they want to leave for the younger generations and what they will be remembered for.
While commending the organisers of the event for their consistent role in motivating and positioning women to actively engage in activities that can foster national development, Mrs Sanwo-Olu mentioned that the Lagos State Government was determined more to protect the rights of its citizens, especially women.