Oluremi Tinubu, wife of Nigeria’s president, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos State, on Tuesday, charged Nigerian women to unleash their potential for rapid development of the country.
The duo spoke at the ongoing 23rd National Women’s Conference 2023 organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) with the theme, unleash Your Potential.
Tinubu, who was the guest of honour at the event, called on women to strive towards building a nation where every woman can truly contribute to the prosperity and progress of Nigeria.
Tinubu said women are naturally empowered to reshape the nation and must leverage on her strength to exhibit potential inherent in them optimally, explaining that women have potential that if appropriately unleashed could transform the society.
“Our diversity is our strength, and it is within this diversity that we find the wellspring of our potential. As women, we have the power to shape the future, to be leaders, to be innovators, to be caregivers, and to be agents of positive change. But to unleash our potential fully, we must continue to break down barriers that limit our progress, challenge stereotypes, and foster an environment of equal opportunity for all.
‘’Education, healthcare, economic empowerment, and gender equity are essential pillars that will enable us to unleash our potential. We must work together, collaborate, and support one another to ensure that every woman in Nigeria has the tools and opportunities to reach her full potential.
“Let us remember that our potential is not just about personal success; it is about uplifting our families, communities, and our great nation as a whole. When women are empowered, society thrives.”
Sanwo-Olu thanked all the past leaders of COWLSO who have kept the conference going for 23 years.
The governor said her vision was clear to create a platform that will bring women together to discuss and develop ideas and solutions that will help to place them at the centre of national development.
“The theme for this edition, “Unleash your potential”, has followed the inspiring pattern of the last two Conferences which have been a clarion call to women. In 2021, our women were called to “Awake” from their slumber and, in 2022, they were charged to “Spring Forth and Stand Out”, to make themselves ready to take their rightful place in national development. This year, you are being called to “Unleash your potential”, to be more productive and positively influence the society.
‘’This theme is very apt in view of the current challenges that Nigeria is facing, and the need for us to be more intentional and determined in our efforts to harness the innate ability and capacity of women to drive the Renewed Hope agenda at the national level, and similar initiatives being implemented at the sub-national levels.
“This gathering represents an invaluable opportunity to exploit the collective power and potential of individuals, particularly the women, in our quest to build Greater Lagos. The theme aptly captures the essence of what we believe in – the boundless reservoir of talent, creativity, and strength that resides within each and every one of us, and the need to put these to effective use for national growth and development.
The chairperson of COWLSO, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu in her opening speech pointed out that the conference has been inspiring with records of landmark interventions that have been in the overall interest of women.
Sanwo-Olu stressed that the conference is an avenue through which the wives of the officials of the State Government promote child healthcare and education, empower women to discover their hidden treasures, and protect our environment, among others.