Pictures: Mrs. Bolanle Ambode At The Flag-Off Campaign Of #GetInvolved Programme In Lagos

Pictures: Mrs. Bolanle Ambode At The Flag-Off Campaign Of #GetInvolved Programme In Lagos

IMG_8223Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo (middle); Wife ofLagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (right) and Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs.) Idiat Oluranti Adebule (left) displaying the ‘Get Involved logo’, an initiative of Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari during the flag-off campaign in Lagos at Alausa, Ikeja, on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

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Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo (middle); Wife of
Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (left), and Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs.) Idiat Oluranti Adebule (right) during the flag-off campaign of the #Get Involved in Lagos, an initiative of Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari at Alausa, Ikeja, on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

 

DSC_6704L-R: APC Southwest Women Leader, Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson; Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo; Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs.) Idiat Oluranti Adebule; Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode and Special Adviser to the Governor on Arts & Culture, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, displaying a placard with #Get Involved, an initiative of Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari during the flag-off campaign in Lagos at Alausa, Ikeja, on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

 

DSC_6717Wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo (4th left); Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle) and members, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), displaying the ‘#Get Involved logo’, an initiative of Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari during the flag-off campaign in Lagos at Alausa, Ikeja, on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

 

Society Must Rise Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Society Must Rise Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Wednesday urged community leaders and members of the society to rise up against domestic and sexual violence, just as she said that people must be made to be aware of the heavy punishment for perpetrators of such crime.

Mrs. Ambode, who spoke in Ikorodu at a town hall meeting organized by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) in partnership with the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotebi, said community leaders must spread the message to prevent the crime, adding that such was necessary to combat the menace and discourage people from indulging in it.

The wife of the Governor, who was represented by Mrs. Titilayo Ogunlewe, wife of Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, commended DSVRT for being at the vanguard of the fight against the crime, but reiterated the fact that Rape and Defilement carry life imprisonment, whilst domestic violence and child abuse are all crimes committed against the State.

She said: “It is also important to sensitise members of the public on the impact these crimes can have on the victim, understanding the multiple effects on the victim, immediate family and the community. If members of the society are aware of their roles and responsibilities, more victims would be willing to come forward and therefore help in ensuring perpetrators are brought to book.”

The town hall meeting, which took place at the Palace of Ayangburen of Ikorodu, was said to be in line with the mandate and commitment of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to combat all forms of domestic and sexual violence crimes.

The theme of the Town Hall Meeting was: The Role of the Society in Tackling Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

Earlier in her welcome remarks, DSVRT Coordinator, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said the meeting was in clear response to the reprehensible trend where victims of SGBV are ostracized and harassed by the community because they reported the crime.

She disclosed that there have been instances where the victims have been pressurized by the society to settle out of court.

According to her, “The strategic initiative taken by the DSVRT is to embark on grassroots sensitisation campaigns which aim to enlighten key stakeholders and influencers within the society on the right steps to take in response to an incidence SGBV.”

On his part, Oba Shotebi harped on the important role of the society, which can be summarised as report the act, protect the victim, encourage justice and shame the perpetrator.

The monarch sounded a clear warning that the culture of stigmatisation would no longer be tolerated, just as he said that such was of utmost importance as recent statistics revealed an increase in the reporting of these incidents in Ikorodu area and its environs.
The contact details of relevant agencies in Ikorodu was given out and victims of Sexual Assault were advised to go to Primary Health Care Centres in Ikorodu as Health Workers had recently been trained on sexual assault management and equipped with Rape kits and cost of laboratory testing had been provided for by the State Government.

The meeting had all the relevant stakeholders in attendance namely officers of National Union Road Transport Workers, Market Men and Women, artisans, the Nigeria Police, Faith Based Organisations, Community Development Associations, Vigilante groups, Landlord and Tenant Associations, Sole Administrators of the Local Government, traditional rulers, civil society organisations, school children drawn from both public and private schools and the media.

Dignitaries that attended the town hall meeting included Mrs Ambode, Senator representing Lagos East at the upper legislative chamber, Gbenga Ashafa; Majority Leader of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade and a member of the Assembly from Ikorodu, Hon. Nurudeen Saka, among others.

One-Day Governor And His Cabinet Members Pay  Courtesy Visit To The Wife Of Lagos State Governor, Her Excellency Mrs. Bolanle Ambode

One-Day Governor And His Cabinet Members Pay Courtesy Visit To The Wife Of Lagos State Governor, Her Excellency Mrs. Bolanle Ambode

IMG_5800Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (middle); Winner of the 2016 Spelling Bee Competition and One-Day Governor of Lagos State, Master Olaseinde Olufemi (3rd right); and Cabinet members, during the 2016 One-Day Governor and his Cabinet members when they paid a courtesy visit to the wife of the Governor,  at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Friday July 8, 2016.

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Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (middle); Winner of the 2016 Spelling Bee Competition and One-Day Governor of Lagos State, Master Olaseinde Olufemi (left); and One-Day Deputy Governor, Master Komolafe Kehinde, when the 2016 One-Day Governor and his Cabinet members paid a courtesy visit to the wife of the Governor, at Lagos House, Ikeja, on Friday July 8, 2016.

Wife Of The President Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Her Excellency, Mrs. Aisha Buhari Seeks Love At Ramadan, Economic Empowerment For Widows

Wife Of The President Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria, Her Excellency, Mrs. Aisha Buhari Seeks Love At Ramadan, Economic Empowerment For Widows

Wife of the President of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has urged Muslims across the country, not to abandon the spirit of Ramadan after the fasting period.

She said this while distributing Ramadan gifts to members of NASFAT, Ansar-ul-deen, and the Hausa community in Lagos State.

Represented at the event by wife of the Lagos State governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, the president’s wife noted that Ramadan represented love, peace, forgiveness, peaceful co-existence and extending helping hand to the less privileged.

 She said that the holy Prophet held those tenets in high esteem and lived his whole life around them, adding that the entire sacrifice of fasting would only achieve its purpose, if Muslims continued with those principles beyond Ramadan.

Representative of Hajiya Aisha Buhari, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (Wife of the Governor of Lagos State), (2ndright) supported by Mrs. Fatimah Adeniji-Kazeem (right); Alhaji Gbaye Agbomeji (L); Alhaja Sikirat Koiki (2nd left); Alhaja Nimota Bambe (3rd left); and Alhaji Iskeel Ola Yusuf (3rd right), when she presented Ramadan gifts on behalf of the wife of the President, to members of Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria in Lagos State, today.

Mrs Buhari noted further that Nigeria needed peaceful co-existence, unity and mutual love to strengthen the social bond and to help the country overcome all challenges.

According to her, “The lessons of Ramadan should go beyond the fasting period. As Muslims, we must carry on the banner of love, peace, friendship and mutual co-existence beyond the season. It is only by doing so that we can strengthen the social bond between us and keep the country united to overcome all challenges”.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the chief Missioner, NASFAT society of Nigeria, Shelk Abdullahi Akinbode thanked Mrs. Aisha Buhari for her kindness and for staying connected with people at the grassroots from far-away Aso Rock. He assured that the beneficiaries would use the fasting period to re-connect properly with Allah and carry the principles of the holy month beyond the period of fasting.

Representative of Hajiya Aisha Buhari, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (Wife of the Governor of Lagos State) (right) and Alhaja Sikirat Koiki (left) during the presentation of Ramadan gifts on behalf of the wife of the President, to members of Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria in Lagos State, today
Representative of Hajiya Aisha Buhari, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (Wife of the Governor of Lagos State) (right) and Alhaja Sikirat Koiki (left) during the presentation of Ramadan gifts on behalf of the wife of the President, to members of Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria in Lagos State, today

In another development, Mrs. Buhari had called for  cultural transformation and an end to wicked and inhuman widowhood rites imposed on Nigerian women.

She made the call in Ikoyi, at the celebration of the widow’s day, organized by the United Nations Information Centre and Hope for Life Foundation, where she was represented by Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, wife of the governor of Lagos State.

Aisha lamented the life-threatening widowhood rituals to which Nigerian women were subjected, and advised the widows to seek economic empowerment to live above cheap temptations.

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Delivering the UN secretary-general’s address, director, United Nations Information Centre in Nigeria, Mr. Ronald Kayanja, commended Lagos State for providing the model to follow regarding the welfare of women and children.

He urged everyone to support the widows by not stigmatizing them and by ensuring they did not suffer any form of discrimination or sexual abuse.

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Her Excellency, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode At the Special Parliamentary Session to Mark the First Year Anniversary of the 8th Assembly & 23rd Year of June 12 Struggle, at the House of Assembly Complex

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Her Excellency, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode At the Special Parliamentary Session to Mark the First Year Anniversary of the 8th Assembly & 23rd Year of June 12 Struggle, at the House of Assembly Complex

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Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (r) and Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande, during the Special Parliamentary Session to mark the first year anniversary of the 8th Assembly & 23rd year of June 12 Struggle, at the House of Assembly Complex, Alausa, on Monday, June 13, 2016.
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Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (2nd left) and members of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs Falilat Obasa (2nd right); Mrs. Anike Adekanye (right); and Mrs Sanni Eshilokun (left), during the Special Parliamentary Session to mark the first year anniversary of the 8th Assembly & 23rd year of June 12 Struggle, at the House of Assembly Complex, Alausa, on Monday, June 13, 2016.
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Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode (L); Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and his wife, Falilat; Human Rights Lawyer, Chief Femi Falana SAN, (2nd right); and Hon. (Mrs.) Funmilayo Tejuso, during the Special Parliamentary Session to mark the first year anniversary of the 8th Assembly & 23rd year of June 12 Struggle, at the House of Assembly Complex, Alausa, on Monday, June 13, 2016.