The women wing of APC Professionals Council on Thursday shutdown Lagos with a maiden empowerment summit which attracted top dignitaries, including the wife of Lagos State governor, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.
Addressing the participants at the event, the Lagos first lady who was ably represented by Mrs. Anike Adekanye, the Tutor General/Permanent Secretary of Education District 2, Maryland, Lagos said time has come for women to leave their comfort zones and take their rightful position in the country’s leadership mechanism.
She said women are pillars in the home, community and as such possess greater influence in nation building, urging them to synergise and deploy their strength to be part of the governance of the nation.
She urged the participants to vote for Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for another fruitful term in office come 2023, assuring that it will be another opportunity to elevate the status of women in the quest for rhei inclusion in nation building.
The maiden summit, training and empowerment programme which took place at NUT Pavillion, Alausa Ikeja had as the theme, “Women, Critical Catalysts for Development”.
It was organised by the women wing of the council. In her opening remark, the Lagos State Women Director of the APC Professionals Council who doubles as Lagos State APC Deputy women Leader, Rt Hon Bola Badmus Olujobi said the event seeks to equip women with the needed knowledge and skills so as to make them viable in the labour market as will as deepening their entrepreneurial skills to become employers of labour.
She said women are great assets to the country and must be put into full economic use to reduce poverty and hunger, a situation that will raise standards of living.
Rt Hon Bola Badmus Olujobi applauded the women wing of the council under the leadership of Ronke Soyombo, a Special Adviser on Education to Ogun state who is the coordinator for being at the forefront in initiating policies that will empower women for greater exploits.
Earlier in his speech, National Director General of the Council, Hon. Seyi Bamigbade congratulated the women wing for the successful summit, assuring that the leadership will continue to galvanize support for the presidential candidate of APC, Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
According to him, such programme and others are eloquent testimonies to how much the APC government is committed towards the enhancement of welfare of women.
Women wing of the council also attracted funds amounting to N200m, arising from the partnership it has brokered with a financial institution, Capstone Micro Finance.
The Chief Operating Officer & Acting MD Capstone Microfinance bank Ltd Ms Funmi Onabamiro assured that her bank will continue to lend support to efforts targeted at building the informal sector of the economy.