By BENJAMIN OMOIKE
President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio; Nigeria’s First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu; Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and his Bauchi State counterpart, Governor Bala Mohammed – both of the PDP – are expected to attend this year’s edition of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) National Women’s Conference (NWC).
The conference will hold between October 17 and 19, 2023, at the at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Chairperson of COWLSO and wife of the Governor of Lagos, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, at a news conference in Ikeja, on Thursday, said Senator Oluremi Tinubu, wife of the President, would be the Mother of the Day and Special Guest of Honour.
In her words: “Other Special Guests of Honour gracing this year’s grand event are, His Excellency, President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Senator Godswill Akpabio, Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde and Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.”
She disclosed that this year’s conference would feature over 5,000 women, stressing that the annual programme has earned a remarkable reputation and assumed the status of a purpose-driven international conference through which women are galvanised and inspired to make a difference.
Sanwo-Olu said this year’s edition of the National Women’s Conference is tailored towards assisting women to be more productive and positively influence the society.
According to her, the theme for this year’s Conference is: “Unleash Your Potential”, and would be a combination of both virtual and physical participation.
She highlighted some of the Pre-Conference activities which include the COWLSO Fun Day for all members to unwind and an Awareness Walk slated for Saturday, 7th October at Epe.
The First Lady encouraged the public to follow the various activities of the conference through the official website and other social media platform of the body.
“We want to appeal to our people to connect through the live streaming on www.lagosonline.tv and www.COWLSO.org.ng; on Facebook www.facebook.com/followlasg,@WeAreCowlso or @OfficeOfLagosStateFirstLady,” she stated.
“Our platform according to her also include; Instagram where viewers can follow @WeAreCowlso and YouTube/Google+ @ YouTube.com/lasgpage.”
In her remarks, the Chairman, Conference Planning Committee, Prof. Olufunke Adeyeye stated that the conference for the women was not only about sharing insight but ensuring the women were motivated to go beyond their comfort zone as the theme encapsulated their collective aspiration to break free from various constraints, limitations and barriers.
Adeyeye stated that the conference would provide participants an opportunity to create a symphony of ideas that would bring out the best in them.