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Lagos – 3,000 WOMEN PARTICIPATE IN 2019 COWLSO NATIONAL CONFERENCE women.com.ng

First Lady of Lagos State and Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, flanked by wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat (right) and Chairman, COWLSO’s 2019 National Women’s Conference, Prof. Ibiyemi Bello (left) with members of COWLSO during a Pre-Event press briefing for the 2019 National Women’s Conference tagged: Unlearn, Learn and Relearn: 21st Century Women’s T.H.E.M.E.S Perspectives/Approach at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, October 11, 2019.

Addressing a press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja on Friday, Dr. Sanwo-Olu said all was set for the 19th edition of the annual conference which will hold at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island from October 22 to 24, 2019.

According to her, “This year’s conference by the Grace of God will showcase 3,000 participants. We have had in the past 1800 participants; last year we had like 2,500 participants. We are hoping and believing God that this year we would have 3,000 active participants throughout the conference”.

She said the theme of this year’s conference: “Unlearn, Learn And Relearn: 21st Century Women’s T.H.E.M.E.S Perspectives/Approach”, was carefully selected after rigorous brainstorming sessions, saying that it was designed to empower women with skills to key into emerging opportunities being provided by the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the State.

In her words, “As it is the tradition of the Conference to strategically empower women to contribute positively to the development of the State and Nigeria at large, this year’s theme was carefully selected in line with the vision and aspiration of the present administration in Lagos State to bring about a Greater Lagos of our dreams”.

“We have lined up eminent Nigerians and outstanding professionals to help our women come to terms with how best they can key into the emerging opportunities being provided by the government of the day in Lagos State,” she said.

Giving details of the dignitaries billed to attend the conference, Dr. Sanwo-Olu said the First Lady of Nigeria, Hajiya Aisha Buhari would declare the Conference Open, alongside Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, while his counterpart from Nasarawa State, Governor Abdullahi Sule would serve as Special Guest of Honour at the closing ceremony.

She said aside the main theme, other sub-themes include: “The 21st Century Woman – Build Not Born To Influence The Society; Entertainment And Tourism: Prism Of Possibilities – Tourism and Entertainment; The Total Woman; Entrepreneurship: Making Money And More Money – Agric Entrepreneurship, Financing and General Trading; Mould A Child And Build A Greater Generation; Healthy Woman – A Healthier Nation: Maternal & Child Mortality; Development And A Healthy City – Creating A Balance; Waste To Wealth; and Obey Traffic Laws,” among others.

The First Lady added that as part of efforts to give more women the opportunity to participate, the conference would be live-streamed on various media platforms, while participants can collect conference materials at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja from 17th to 19th October, 2019.

She revealed that an Awareness Walk will hold on October 12 from Ikeja Local Government back to Lagos House, Alausa from 7am, while as part of COWLSO’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, she would pay a courtesy visit to the Children and Post Natal Wards of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja after the walk on October 12, to identify with the babies on admission.

While revealing that a raffle draw will take place at the gala night of the conference with opportunities for women to win mouth-watering prizes including a house, brand new cars, first-class return ticket, deep freezers, among others, Mrs. Sanwo-Olu asserted that buses would be available to convey participants from the venue to Lekki-Ajah, Oshodi-Mile 2, Agege-Iyana Ipaja, Ojodu Berger, Yaba, and Ojota/Ketu.

“Special awards would also be presented to the Inspirational Woman Of the Year as well as Certificates Of Appreciation to individuals and Corporate Sponsors who have consistently supported COWLSO. All necessary arrangements have also been firmed up in terms of logistics, security and welfare of participants,” she said.

She also seized the opportunity to celebrate the International Day of the Girl-Child which is marked across the globe on every October 11, assuring that the present administration would spare no effort to frontally address all issues affecting the girl-child with the required vigour, zestfulness and determination.

On her plans for women in the State, the First Lady said concerted efforts would be geared towards medical assistance, financial assistance to students especially through the ‘Adopt A Student Project’, creating more awareness for women, building more youth centres, and a lot of health interventions, among others.

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