By Akeem Abas
Ibadan – Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has advised women in the country to remain committed to the cause of nation and family building.
He gave the advice on Wednesday in Ibadan, during the 7th edition of National Women’s Summit organised by the Oyo State Officials’ Wives’ Association (OYSOWA).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the summit, under OYSOWA,was instituted by Mrs Florence Ajimobi, wife of the Oyo State Governor.
The theme of the 2018 edition of the summit is ‘Against All Odds.’
The governor said that women must constantly be reminded of the profound influence they bear on the success of the home and the nation’s development.
“Parents are the ultimate role models for children; women are unarguably the backbone of a stable family and indeed a stable nation. So, the failure or success of parenting depends largely on the woman.
“I am happy that it also recognises the need to maintain a healthy balance between pursuing career-success and raising well-adjusted and emotionally-balanced children in maintaining a happy family.
“Women, historically, traditionally and religiously, play the most crucial roles in this regard.
‘‘We must always remember that our greatest contribution to society may ultimately not be something we did, but someone we raised.
“The future of a society starts and ends with the family,” he said.
Ajimobi described the theme of the summit as very apt, as it highlighted the strength of womanhood.
He expressed delight at the level of commitment that OYSOWA had demonstrated over the years towards achieving the lofty ideals for which it was established.
“It is indeed heart-warming to note that millions of citizens of Oyo State and beyond have been positively impacted by the programme since it began seven years ago.
“It has gladly focused tremendously on the socio-economic empowerment and care for women, as well as orphans and the vulnerable,” he said.
The governor commended his wife for the vision, which he said has celebrated the cultural and political achievements of women within and outside the country, as a way of inspiring the younger generation.
He said his administration would continue to support the empowerment of women in the state and the country,.
Ajimobi said anyone who empowers a woman, empowers the society. (NAN)