LAGOS State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has acknowledged the role of women in building the home front and the nation, saying they have the capacity to solve myriad of challenges confronting the country.
Sanwo-Olu, who spoke while declaring open a three-day workshop on Protocol, Ethics and Security for members of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, said, women are multi-talented and naturally equipped with capability to undertake various things at the same time and get good result.
According to the governor, “even as we speak, this country has many challenges and because you are our mothers and you are our spouses, we believe that God has given you the capacity to help us take this country to another level.
“We know that whilst we have many things to deal with, we can only do one thing at a time but women are multi-talented; you are multi-skilled; you are the ones that can breastfeed and be making pounded yam while also preparing Egusi soup and ensuring that kids go to school. Above all, you make money for the family and your businesses are still thriving.”
The governor commended security operatives for making the state stable, security-wise despite the challenges in that regard, just as he urged women to take cleanliness of their homes and environments more seriously to tackle Corona virus and other diseases.
“Covid-19 (CoronaVirus) is a global health issue. We are thankful that God has also raised Lagos State up at this time again and as we speak, we have been able to curtail it and because we are also very prayerful, we believe that God will also help us because we don’t need such distractions in our country.
Also speaking, Deputy Governor, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat equally commended the leadership of COWLSO for continuing the tradition of excellence of the organisation, saying it was on record that the organisation initiated many good things in the state including the Spelling Bee Competition, One Day Governor, the annual National Women Conference, among others.
He also spoke on the restriction of commercial motorcycle, popularly known as Okada and tricycle (Keke Marwa), saying that the decision was informed by the need to move against the risks posed by their operations to citizen’s safety of lives and property.
“By restricting Okada, you know, CNN (Cable News Network) normally telecast quality updates across the world and if you have noticed, Lagos was persistently on number five, which is the worst and even Libya is on one but yesterday, we were on two. It is not Lagos State report, it is CNN report.
“Those machines are two-stroke engines, therefore they release a lot of pollution and so the restriction will allow us to breath in good air and in the process make all of us live longer,” Hamzat said.