Women Conference calls for attention towards maternal mortality

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos


The Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO has urged federal and state governments to prioritise issues of maternal mortality.

The Committee which described thematernal mortality as a “national emergency” urged the government to initiate actions that would address the problem.

In a communique issued at the end of its 19th National Women Conference held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island in Lagos, the Committee called on government at all levels to empower women, saying there was strong need for women to maximise their capacity.

The communique reads: “Maternal mortality is abysmally high in Nigeria and we regard the death of a woman in preventable circumstances as unacceptable. The issue of maternal mortality has been taken for granted in Nigeria when it is supposed to be seen as a national emergency. An empowered and educated woman would raise responsible children. As a nation we need to invest effectively in maximizing the capacity of women. All stakeholders – families, schools, religious bodies, communities and government, must unite to address this scourge. Women need to be protected against artificial conditions that can shorten their lives. They need to be empowered to be able to nurture children to be upright, hardworking, result oriented, focused, organised and Godly.”

The Committee want women to take advantage of opportunities in entrepreneurship to improve their lives, while also urging them to join hands with the Lagos State Government in the effort to engender value re-orientation in combating disobedience to road regulations and traffic laws.

The communique reads further: “Government at all levels must continue to partner with the private sector to develop and implement strategies that will showcase the nation’s potential in entertainment and tourism to the world. Every society must seek to evolve its own legal instrument through the culture of voluntary compliance to the laws of waste and traffic management”.

Lessons learnt

COWLSO convener and Wife of Lagos State governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said she was gratified that the conference made positive impacts on the attendees, urging the participants to make good use of the lessons learnt.

“It has been three days of mind shifting trainings and brainstorming on how to equip women and position them to key into the emerging opportunities in our dear State. Several papers have been presented on the main theme which centers on unlearning, learning and relearning, as well as other topics. I can confidently say that we have all benefited tremendously from the facilitators who have mounted this stage to address us. For me, the target is that we must all go back to our respective offices, homes and business areas to put what we have learned into practice,” she said.

Closing the session, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu commended the COWLSO members for the event, admonishing women to be the ambassadors of his administration.

The Governor was represented at the closing ceremony by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Jaji.

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