A total of 1,500 delegates are expected at the 12th National Women Conference organized by the Council of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) and scheduled to hold from Tuesday, 30 October to Thursday, 1st November at the Eko Convention Centre of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Addressing the media on Monday about the forthcoming conference at the Combo Hall, Lagos State Television (LTV) Agidingbi, the Chairman and Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola said Kaduna State Governor, Mr Patrick Yakowa will declare the conference open.
She added that Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregebsola will be the special guest of honour at the closing ceremony of the conference which has as its theme: “Women as Leaders”.
Some of the topics to be covered at the 12th National conference are Female Leadership virtues by Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji –Bello and Professor Sophie Oluwole, Leadership ethics by Dr Virgy Onyene, Empowerment(Entrepreneurship) by the founder, Foundation for Skills Development, Mrs Omowale Ogunrinde, and Enriching Women Through Network Business Program by Ms Ime Enang.
Others are Empowerment (Wealth creation) by a business consultant and human Resources Manager, Mrs Bolanle Alede -Akinduro, Balancing Cash-less with financial Independence by national coordinator, Women in Banking, Finance and Investment in Nigeria by Mrs Shade Lawal- Onabamiro, Health and Beauty: Abuse of Medications by a Commissioner 3 with the Health Service Commission, Mrs Kudirat Ligali, Health and Beauty: Living with Menopause by a senior lecturer Cardio Vascular/ Renal Unit, Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, Lagos State University, Dr Simiat Elias.
Also billed for discussion are topics on Dressing to Win by creative director, Style house, Mrs Omoyemi Akerele, Protocol and Etiquette( Local and International) by Dame Marie Fatai- Williams and Your Environ and You by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Major Tunde Panox.
Dame Fashola added that the recipient of the Year’s Inspirational Woman award will be presented by the Kaduna State Governor, Mr Patrick Yakowa at the opening ceremony.
She also informed that the annual conference was initiated to serve as a platform for Nigerian women to gather once a year to exchange ideas on issues of common concern and to serve as a means of generating funds through conference fees and sponsorships to execute programmes and projects in support of government efforts.
The COWLSO chairman explained that over the past years, COWLSO has delivered seven recreation centres in different parts of the state namely Lafiaji Community Centre, Kudirat Abiola Freedom Square, formerly known as Evans Square, Sam Shonibare Family Recreational Centre, Oshodi Sports Centre, Oshodi, Beko Ransome-Kuti Playground, Anthony Village, Recreational facilities for Agege and Recreational facilities for Oworonshoki.
Dame Fashola added that the Retirement Villa located at Lekki Phase Two has been completed and would soon be handed over, stating that it has gulped over N300Million which is the proceeds raised from all National Women Conference organized by COWLSO in the last three years.
The press conference was attended by many members of the Council of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) including Vice Chairman, Mrs Mayowa Ikuforiji, Secretary, Mrs Azeezat Tijani and Chairman, Planning Committee, Mrs Rhoda Ayinde amongst several others.