Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Gives Couple With Quintuplets N500,000 Monthly Allowance For One Year

Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Gives Couple With Quintuplets N500,000 Monthly Allowance For One Year

…Visits Family, Presents Other Gift Items

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has volunteered a monthly allowance of N500, 000 for the next twelve months, for the care of quintuplets born to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Augustine Obiefuna of Orile Iganmu, a suburb of the State.

Quintuplets are five babies born from one pregnancy.

Other welfare arrangements by the Governor’s wife for the newborns include: supply of diapers for one year; supply of baby milk and other essentials for one year, all these in addition to two bus-loads of baby essentials like beds, mattresses, diapers, boxes of cloths, socks, pants, caps, etc, that accompanied her on a visit to the infants, at the Lagos Island Maternity.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode also gave an undisclosed sum of money, for the care of the babies; three boys and two girls, who weighed between 1.5kg and 2kg respectively.

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd right), presenting gifts to Mr. Augustine and Jessica Obiefuna for their newborn quintuplets, at the Island Maternity Hospital, Lagos, on Wednesday, 16 May, 2018. With them are COWLSO members, Mrs. Ronke Solomon (right); Mrs. Oyindamola Ogunsanwo (2nd left) and Managing Director of the hospital, Dr. Ademuyiwa Eniayewun.
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd right), presenting gifts to Mr. Augustine and Jessica Obiefuna for their newborn quintuplets, at the Island Maternity Hospital, Lagos, on Wednesday, 16 May, 2018. With them are COWLSO members, Mrs. Ronke Solomon (right); Mrs. Oyindamola Ogunsanwo (2nd left) and Managing Director of the hospital, Dr. Ademuyiwa Eniayewun.

Speaking at the maternity ward, the Governor’s wife who was visibly elated and brimming with smiles, thanked God for the safe delivery of the infants and commended their mother, for regularly attending her ante-natal sessions in a government hospital.

She urged expectant mothers in the State to shun quacks and self medication, but to register early and diligently attend ante-natal clinics in government hospitals, for standard medical care.

According to her, “You can all see why it is good to register in a government hospital where standard medical care is guaranteed. This woman registered early and regularly attended her ante-natal clinics. The result is that all five babies were safely delivered to the glory of God”.

She commended the entire medical team, especially the Consultant, Dr. Ogungbemile Babalola, for their professional service, stressing that the government would always prioritize health care service for expectant mothers, to eradicate maternal and infant mortality in the State.

Mrs. Ambode, who later inspected the maternity ward, promised further donations to the hospital, to strengthen maternal and infant service delivery in the hospital.

Father of the babies, Mr. Augustine Obiefuna, copiously thanked the Governor and his wife, for their rare benevolence and generosity, which according to him transcended ethnic and tribal considerations.

He said, “We are surprised that despite being non indigenes of the State, the Governor and his wife could show us so much love and kindness. They are just wonderful. We never imagined that Her Excellency could personally come here to see our new babies. We cannot stop praying for them and their children, for God’s favour, protection and wisdom at all times.”

It the first set of quintuplets born in the State this year.

Say No To Female Genital Mutilation

Say No To Female Genital Mutilation

…We Can Stamp Out FGM By 2030

Wife of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has expressed optimism that Female Genital Mutilation could be stamped out of Africa by 2030, if all individual and institutional stakeholders worked together towards achieving that purpose.

She said this at Alausa, Ikeja, in comments to reporters, on the occasion of this year’s International Day of zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, FGM.

Mrs. Ambode noted that, although the practice was well entrenched in the continent, with some countries recording up to ninety per cent prevalence among girls and women, the situation was not hopeless if the current advocacy was sustained or increased.

According to her, ‘The pace of penetration of awareness seems slow because the practice is an ancient one, deeply rooted in our various cultures but that does not make our efforts fruitless. Though progress may be slow, we are going somewhere as rural women, mothers and young girls, are becoming aware of the severe health implications of the barbaric practice’.

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‘Few years ago, many women, even some educated ones, saw it as a normal and socially acceptable practice but the story is fast changing, as awareness is getting mileage and rural women are now campaigning against it’, she declared.

The governor’s wife implored governments to fight the practice with direct legislations, in the manner they are doing with some wicked anti-female practices.

She reminded everyone that FGM constituted an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls, directly violating their rights to health, security and physical integrity, wondering why women should be subjected to such life-threatening dehumanization.

She contended that mothers, fathers and NGOs, must continue to voice their concern and governments must put in place the right statutes, for total eradication of the practice in our country and the continent by 2030.

February 6 every year, was set aside by the United Nations, as the International Day of zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation across the world.

 

Prayer Will Solve All Problems

Prayer Will Solve All Problems

Wife of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, has called on Nigerians to intensify prayers, for all challenges threatening the country to become a thing of the past.

She said this at the special prayer session for the state and the country, organized by the Fatima Charity Foundation, at the City Hall, Lagos Island.

Mrs. Ambode noted that though our country may be facing some challenges like many other countries, it is not beyond divine solution, as according to her, God will never close His ears to the supplication of His children.

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (r); President, Fatima Charity Foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Bintu-Fatima Tinubu (m); and chairman of the occasion, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro (L), during the foundation’s annual prayer, tagged “Prayer for the Nation”, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Wednesday, 24th January, 2018.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (r); President, Fatima Charity Foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Bintu-Fatima Tinubu (m); and chairman of the occasion, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro (L), during the foundation’s annual prayer, tagged “Prayer for the Nation”, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Wednesday, 24th January, 2018.

According to her, ‘Today, our nation like others is faced with challenges which are multi-dimensional and also threatening the peaceful co-existence of the different nationalities that make up the entity called Nigeria.’

‘At a time like this, we need to unite in prayers for divine intervention. We need to pray to God to give our leaders the wisdom, the strength and the courage to find a lasting solution to the challenges facing the nation and the people’.

Commenting on the theme, “The Practice of Islam in Multi Religious Society”, the governor’s wife noted that our religious diversity, should serve to deepen our understanding and strengthen our social bond.

She said, “We must come to terms with the fact that, it is the will of God that we belong to different faiths. What is expected of us is to see ourselves as brothers and sisters and live together in peace, unity and harmony.

“We must show love to one another. We must be tolerant and be our brothers’ keeper. This, I believe is what every religion preaches and which we must strive to uphold at all times”.

Earlier in her welcome address, president of the foundation, Chief Bintu Fatima-Tinubu, disclosed that the annual prayer which is the 7th in the series, was organized primarily to commit the nation, leaders and the citizenry into the hands of God, convinced that tremendous progress could be made through spiritual guidance despite challenges and diversities.

She noted that the foundation had over the years shown tremendous commitment to national development, by organizing the annual prayer programme with different topics, towards solving national challenges.

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (3rd right); President Fatima Charity Foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Bintu-Fatima Tinubu (2nd right); Rep. of Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola (r); chairman of the occasion, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro (3rd left); fmr. Dep. Governor, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu (2nd left); and COWLSO member, Alhaja Ronke Solomon, during the foundation’s annual prayer, tagged “Prayer for the Nation”, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Wednesday, 24th January, 2018.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (3rd right); President Fatima Charity Foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Bintu-Fatima Tinubu (2nd right); Rep. of Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola (r); chairman of the occasion, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro (3rd left); fmr. Dep. Governor, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu (2nd left); and COWLSO member, Alhaja Ronke Solomon, during the foundation’s annual prayer, tagged “Prayer for the Nation”, at the City Hall, Lagos, on Wednesday, 24th January, 2018.

She urged the people to continue complimenting the efforts of the government in building a better society, by advocating good morals among people and encouraging the youths to shun violence and toe the path of Godliness.

The chairman of the occasion, Senator Musliu Obanikoro, said the programme was timely considering current happenings around the nation and the world, stressing the need for peace, love and fear of God, while also commending the foundation for its philanthropic efforts.

Obanikoro enjoined religious clerics to continue to preach tolerance, peaceful co-existence and love, praying that God would hearken to the prayers offered.

Present at the programme were former deputy governor of Lagos state, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu, League of Imams from the five divisions, Baba Adinni of Lagos, white cap chiefs and other eminent personalities.

 

Pictures: Wife Of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Receives New Head Of Service, Folashade Adesoye

Pictures: Wife Of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Receives New Head Of Service, Folashade Adesoye

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle); new Head of Service of Lagos State, Mrs. Folashade Adesoye (2nd left); Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Biola Liadi (left); her counterparts in Public Service Office, Mrs. Fiyinfunoluwa Ogunbanke (2nd right) and Ministry of Youth & Social Development, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola (right) during the visit of the 20th Head of Service of Lagos State to the wife of the Governor, at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (left), with the new Head of Service of Lagos State, Mrs. Folashade Adesoye during the visit of the 20th Head of Service of Lagos State to the wife of the Governor, at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
Women Tasked; Don’t Be Afraid Of Being More Successful Than Your Husbands

Women Tasked; Don’t Be Afraid Of Being More Successful Than Your Husbands

…As COWLSO Urges Govt. To Provide Lands, Grants For Women In Agri-Business

The Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) on Thursday concluded its three-day National Women Conference, with a charge on women to step up their entrepreneurial skills and not be afraid of being more successful than their spouses.

The Committee also urged women to take full advantage of the paradigm shift from Nigeria’s dependence on oil and explore the many opportunities available in the fast growing agricultural industry.

This was part of the 22-point communiqué reached at the conclusion of the Conference with the theme, “She Creates, She Transforms”, held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos and read by the wife of the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello.

“Women were charged to step up and not be afraid of being more successful than their spouses and they must be willing to invest more to expand their pool of income,” the communiqué read in part.

The Conference also tasked women to embrace entrepreneurial disposition and also get more involved in animal husbandry because of their prudence and passion, in order to increase daily production in the country, while government should also provide lands and conducive environment for women farmers.

Besides, women were encouraged to help one another by introducing themselves to organizations where funds could be accessed such as Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN), Bank of Industry, among others.

“Women should be solution providers that are purpose-driven rather than looking for immediate financial profits. These give opportunities to contribute towards improving the society.

“The Conference reiterated that women must be empowered in order to take care of the family, community and the nation.

The conference also stressed the fact that women should be positively aggressive and assertive in order to contribute to the development of the nation,” the communiqué also read.

The Conference also appreciated the Lagos State Government for empowering women through its skill acquisition programme.

In her closing remarks, COWLSO Chairman and Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode said it was important for Nigerian women to understand that they are in a unique situation at this point in time, and must see the current reality in the country not as a hopeless situation but an opportunity for entrepreneurial ambition to make a positive impact in a challenging situation.

While making reference to one of the sessions at the conference which focused on agriculture, Mrs. Ambode said women should have good mentors, be consistent and persist in doing the right things, noting that challenges should be seen as mere stepping stones that do not kill.

She said: “I urge all participants to make the best use of all they learnt at the conference for their personal benefits. You should also please endeavour to pass on the knowledge acquired.”

Declaring the conference closed, Adamawa State Governor, Senator Jubrilla Bindow, who was the Special Guest of Honour, lauded the sterling performance of his counterpart in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode in office so far, describing his infrastructural renewal efforts as unprecedented and revolutionary.

Bindow said Governor Ambode, through his brilliant works, had confirmed to Nigerians that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was committed to bring about positive change in the country.

Bindow, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Martins Babale, said despite the complexities of governing a State with unique peculiarities like Lagos, Governor Ambode had performed creditably well in key sectors, adding that he was indeed proud to associate himself with the achievements, and described his counterpart as a worthy leader.

He said: “Let me end this short address by very sincerely commending my dear brother, His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his sterling performance as the Governor of Lagos State. I know the complexities of governance especially in a highly urban and sophisticated setting like Lagos, but I also acknowledge that my brother has done wonderfully.

“I must say with Ambode’s performance here in Lagos and our achievements in transforming Adamawa State, our party, the APC has glaring signpost of positive change to showcase to Nigerians any day anytime.

“As if working as twins, both my humble self and Governor

Ambode have addressed infrastructure in a very revolutionary manner in our states. This is in addition to commitments in areas of education, health and human services. I am proud to associate myself with my brother the Governor of Lagos State and I am proud of him as a person and as a leader,” Bindow said.

He also commended COWLO leadership and members for coming up with the conference which focused on engaging women positively at a time when others were discussing hate speeches, saying that it was indeed gratifying that the conference deliberated on positive causes and promotion of values.

Earlier, Governor Ambode congratulated the over 2,500 participants at the conference for successfully undergoing three days of networking and experience, saying that from reports, the conference had been very intensive and knowledge-driven.

“We are looking forward to seeing more of this creative and transformative impact on women in Lagos State. Like I always say, our government will always be there to support you and help you to achieve your aspirations,” Governor Ambode said.

Besides, the Governor encouraged women to key into the 22-point communiqué issued at the end of the conference with the view to positively making use of same for the overall benefit of themselves and the State.