Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday said the state government will consider the possibilities of collaborating with Kebbi State to explore the economic opportunities in the production and distribution of high yield quality rice and other ventures.
The governor spoke at the closing ceremony of the 2015 Annual National Women Conference organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos.
He recalled that his Kebbi State counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, had, during the opening ceremony of the conference on Wednesday, sought the cooperation between women in Kebbi and Lagos States in the production of high yield quality rice, saying it is one area the state would seek to explore.
“I am sure the leadership of COWLSO has taken note of this and would work towards creating the platform for this cooperation to work and further show the economic relevance of women.
“I am sure the communiqué that has emerged at this conference will encapsulate a blueprint for the economic engagement of our womenfolk, not just in Lagos State but across Nigeria,” Governor Ambode said.
He said his administration would be keen to receive the recommendations of the conference and see how they can be implemented to improve the lives of Lagosians.
“This conference marks a new beginning for COWLSO. We will remain partners in progress and also welcome your constructive criticisms to help us improve in our duty to deliver good governance to the people of Lagos State. This administration counts on your usual support and co-operation,” he said.
Declaring the conference closed, Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made case for women to be empowered, stressing that, “there is no society that shackles more than half of its population that can develop or progress.”
He also appealed to government at all levels to invigorate efforts in educating the girl child in the North and women empowerment all over the country.
The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye Tomori, said recent studies had shown that women through their various businesses have contributed immensely to the employment rate in the nation.