The Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Wednesday called for women empowerment as part of development initiatives for the nation.
The President’s wife made the call at the 5th National Women Summit organised by the Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association (OYSOWA) in Ibadan.
According to her, when you teach a woman, you have taught the nation. She said that the role of women had become critical to the society and also the home front, especially due to the current economic situation in the country.
Represented by the wife of the Zamfara State Governor, Hajia, Asmau Yari, Aisha said women must also be celebrated.
In the same vein, the Wife of the Oyo State Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, solicited for ways to continue to improve the lot of women in the country. According to her, the theme of the summit: “The Ultimate Women at a Time Like This” is apt, especially in the face of the harsh current economic realities facing the country.
She said the aim of the summit, which was the 5th edition, was to create women who would entertain no fear to go “where there his no path and leave a trail”. Ajimobi said that women must continue to etch their names in the annals of world history as achievers and trendsetters.
She called on corporate organisations and civil society organisations to partner with OYSOWA for the empowerment of women in the state. “Quite a large number of our women need to be given a springboard from which they can launch themselves into limelight. “We have quite a number of programmes designed for this purpose which require collaboration and support and we count on you to make this happen for our women”.
Also, Mrs Nkechi Okorocha, wife of the Governor of Imo State, on behalf of the governors’ wives present at the summit, commended Mrs Ajimobi for her role in empowering women in the state. She said women, more than before, must work to be independent economically and achieve the change agents the country desired.
“When women rise, something begins to happen, hence the theme of this year summit will go a long way in making women a change agent not only in Oyo state, but in Nigeria in general,” she said. Dignitaries at the event included wives of governors of Osun, Kwara, Lagos, and former Deputy Governors of Lagos State, Mrs Sarah Sosan and Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire. Others are the governor of Lagos, Osun. Oyo State House of Assembly Speaker, Michael Adeyemo, and wives of service commanders in the state.