Women in Lagos State have been promised a better inclusion and recognition if the All Progressives Congress (APC) wins the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The governorship candidate of the party for the 2019 general elections, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, who made this pledge, added that he had much respect for the women and that this was demonstrated during his tenure as Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions in the state.
Sanwo-Olu was speaking at an interactive session organised for him to meet with career women by the Office of the State Women Leader of the party under the leadership of Hon. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas.
The event which held at Harbour Point off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday 17, January, 2019, was entitled; “Enabling, Empowering And Promoting Women: Our Pact with the APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Mr. Babatunde Olusola Sanwo-Olu.”
Sanwo-Olu told the gathering, which included women professionals from the different sectors of the economy, that they were taking charge of their destiny to be at the event, which he said was unique and the first of its kind by any party.
“I personally know the importance of women. I want to appreciate what the women have done for us. I had an opportunity to work with great women leaders such as the late Mrs. Titi Ayeni, Mrs. Bola Adesola, and others.
“I remember the contributions of many female professionals. I remember working with Mrs. Sarah Sosan, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, and Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
“I value how you have nurtured us. I remember the Beijing gathering in China that talked about women rights that has led to a lot of progress for women.
“We are committed to ensuring that you play active part in our government,” he said.
The governorship candidate said further that he wished that the Secretary to the State Government as well as commissioners for Finance and Budget were women, when he gets into office.
Sanwo-Olu reiterated that his government would empower women, and ensure that the girl child enjoy her rights in the nation.
He promised that his government would deliberately ensure that women did their best, have and ensure that females take half of its political posts.
The politician revealed that he ensured that a lot of women were promoted as permanent secretaries, when he was Commissioner for Establishment in the state, and that he would do what was needed to be done to put the women in the right places.