Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu says any society that fails to support women and help them to achieve their potential stands to lose its essence.
Sanwo-Olu said this at the commemoration of the 2021 International Women’s Day organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) held at the Police College, Ikeja.
The Governor while giving his address noted that solving development issues facing women and youths had remained a priority for his administration, pledging that his Government would continue to fight segregation policies and actions denying women the opportunity to actualize their leadership potential.
The Governor highlighted that under his leadership, Lagos had recorded unprecedented feat in adding values to women folks and elevated them to the positions of authority and responsibility. He said women had remained on the forefront of the battle against Coronavirus (COVID-19), applauding them in the progress recorded in fighting the pandemic in Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu also disclosed that his administration had empowered about 50,000 women through Ministries of Youth and Social Development, Wealth Creation and WAPA in various skills and vocations that would enable them contribute to the socio economic development of the State.
Gov. Sanwo-Olu thereafter promised women would continue to have space in his Government.
Present at the occasion is the first lady of the state, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, who in her address celebrated the courage and commitment of female caregivers, frontline medical practitioners, activists and political leaders, laboring daily to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Bolaji Dada, praised Governor Sanwo-Olu for the opportunities accorded to women in his cabinet and State Government’s appointments
She also urged the female folks not to relent in their strive to reach the pinnacle of their endeavors, noting that there were many powerful positions to be filled by women to change the socio-economic landscape in the country