Committee tasks govts on better economic opportunities for women


Committee of Wives of Lagos State Government officials

This was part of a 10-point communique adopted at the end of a three-day National Women Conference organised by COWLSO in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference has “Relevance in Economic Turbulence” as its theme.

COWLSO, in the communique read by Prof. Ibiyemi Bello, wife of the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said empowering women helped thriving economies and encouraged productivity.

The committee also recommended that government should encourage the establishment of more women agencies.
It said that this would lead to better outcome of institutions and policy choices.
The committee also urged women to cultivate the habit of saving in formal institutions and investing in bonds to help the country’s development needs.

In doing so, they are contributing to the financial resiliency at the national level,” it said.
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state in his closing remarks said that the communique would encapsulate a blueprint for the economic engagement of the womenfolk in the country.

Ambode said his administration would implement the recommendations as part of programmes to improve the lives of residents.
Declaring the conference closed, Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun called for a renewed effort at educating the girl child and empowering women across the country.

Aregbesola,who was represented by his deputy,Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, said recent studies had shown that women, through their various businesses, had contributed immensely to the employment rate in the nation.

Wife of the Lagos state governor,Mrs Bolanle Ambode, urged all participants to keep the knowledge gained close to their hearts and deploy it appropriately in future, for maximum advantage.

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