The Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), yesterday charged women to brace up, invest vigorously to increase their incomes and strive to be more successful than their spouses.
They gave the charge at the 17th annual National Women Conference with the theme: She Creates, She Transforms. The participants at the conference maintained that it was important that women are positively aggressive and assertive to contribute to national development, stressing the importance of capacity building that translates to personal and business benefits.
Wife of the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, who read the communiqué at the conference, said the group advised women to source for funds through grants, equity and debt financing.
“Women entrepreneurs are encouraged to take advantage of the various products available to them from the Bank of Industry (BoI).“Women should be solution providers and purpose-driven rather than looking for immediate financial gains, which gives opportunity to contribute towards improving society.”
Speaking, COWLSO Chairman and Wife of Lagos State Governor, Bolanle Ambode, said it was important for Nigerian women to understand that they are in a unique situation at this point.
“I urge all participants to make the best use of all they have learnt at the conference for their personal benefits. You should also endeavour to pass on the knowledge acquired,” she said.
Responding, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, commended the participants at the conference for successfully undergoing three days of networking and learning.