Aisha Buhari calls for ‘strong family values’

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); his wife & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Bolanle (2nd right); representative of Wife of the President & Wife of Imo State Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha (right); Oyo and Osun States Governors, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (left) and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd left) during the opening ceremony of the 16th National Women Conference with the theme *‘Strong Family, Strong Nation’ *organized by COWLSO, at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites on Wednesday.

Wife of Nigeria’s President, Hajia Aisha Buhari and South west governors under the auspices of the All Progressive Congress (APC), have extolled the virtues of Nigerian women in the business of nation building.

Hajia Buhari and the governors maintained that the female folk occupied a pride of place not only in the family but in the larger society.

While declaring open the three-day National Women’s conference of Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO, the President’s wife stated that women were pivotal in bringing about the desired transformation in any nation.

“The importance of strong family values must continue and must be nurtured; the absence of it gives rise to the challenges of poverty, crime and declining school performance,” Hajia Buhari noted in a speech delivered on her behalf by the Imo state First Lady, Nkechi Okorocha.

She added that love, support as well as friendship and guidance were key qualities required to form the family bond.

President’s wife also challenged Nigerian women not to relent in making positive impacts in the family and the society.

The Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi described the conference as a timely event, stressing that the challenges currently facing the country were due to the erosion of family values.

PIX 0578 & 0590 L-R:* Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left), Senator Olamilekan Adeola Solomon; Wife of Lagos State Governor & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Senator Oluremi Tinubu being decorated as Grand Matron of COWLSO, Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa during the opening ceremony of the 16th National Women Conference with the theme *‘Strong Family, Strong Nation’ *organized by COWLSO, at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites on Wednesday, October 24.
PIX 0578 & 0590 L-R:* Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left), Senator Olamilekan Adeola Solomon; Wife of Lagos State Governor & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Senator Oluremi Tinubu being decorated as Grand Matron of COWLSO, Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa during the opening ceremony of the 16th National Women Conference with the theme *‘Strong Family, Strong Nation’ *organized
by COWLSO, at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites on Wednesday, October 24.

According to Senator Ajimobi, the family as the building block of the nation must be given top priority, hence, women who holds the chord that binds the family together, must be empowered to thrive both in their career and the home front.

In the words of the Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, if the family must be strengthened, the women who are saddled with the responsibility of building the home front must be encouraged and celebrated.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); his wife & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Bolanle (2nd right); representative of Wife of the President & Wife of Imo State Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha (right); Oyo and Osun States Governors, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (left) and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd left) during the opening ceremony of the 16th National Women Conference with the theme *‘Strong Family, Strong Nation’ *organized by COWLSO, at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites on Wednesday.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); his wife & Chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Bolanle (2nd right); representative of Wife of the President & Wife of Imo State Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha right); Oyo and Osun States Governors, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (left) and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd left).

Mr Aregbesola explained that women were the foundation of families and as such the values they passed on to their children would reflect greatly on the society.

On his part, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode said his administration had implemented many policies to enable women thrive as he pledged government’s continued commitment to women and girls’ rights.

“The importance of the family unit to the overall development of any nation is not in doubt, the family is the foundation and smallest unit of any nation, the heart and conscience of a nation is formed, to a large extent, in the family.

However, the issue is the amount of commitment we, in our individual capacities and as a nation, have shown towards strengthening the family unit, with strong families. We can build a strong nation, but strong families will only exist in a society where nobody is left behind, where everybody has a voice and a stake, this is one of the toughest challenges facing governments – “to build an all-inclusive society,” Governor Ambode stressed.

L-R:* Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left); Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Wife of Lagos State Governor & COWLSO, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, presenting the award of 2016 Inspirational Woman of the Year to the Chief Executive Officer, House of Tara International, Mrs. Tara Fela-Durotoye and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi during the opening ceremony
L-R:* Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd left); Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Wife of Lagos State Governor & COWLSO, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, presenting the award of 2016 Inspirational Woman of the Year to the Chief Executive Officer, House of Tara International, Mrs. Tara Fela-Durotoye and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi during the opening ceremony.

Brainstorming event

The COWLSO Chairperson, Mrs Bolanle Ambode said the theme of the conference, ‘Strong family, Strong nation,’ was carefully chosen to enable participants brainstorm on the best ways to tackle some of the social challenges facing the country.

She sais strong family values must be rebuilt to reduce social vices.

“When family units are bound together in love and children are raised in the fear of God and high socio-moral values, it begets a good and peaceful society and country, where social vices are reduced to the barest minimum to build a strong and virile country therefore, we must go back and build strong family units,” Mrs Ambode said.

Highlights of the event include the investiture of Senator Oluremi Tinubu as the Grand Paroness of COWLSO and the presentation of Inspirational Woman of the year award on a Nigerian entrepreneur- Mrs Tara Fela-Durotoye.

The Conference which is the 16th is being attended by women from all walks of life drawn from Taraba, Cross-Rivers, Imo, Osun, Oyo states and the host State, Lagos.