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Sanwo-Olu to COWLSO: Change with the times

By Charles Kalu 

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu says the Covid-19 pandemic has clearly underscored the need for the people to adopt a new lifestyle of continuous re-strategizing and repositioning to keep up to speed with new realities.

The Governor dropped this hint while declaring open a 2-day virtual training for members of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) on Protocol, Security and Etiquette.

He said the pandemic was a perfect pointer to the fact that people must be willing to constantly review, adjust and innovate to suit changing times.

According to him; “It is important that we keep re-strategizing and position ourselves for optimum performance in the future. It is important because life, as we used to know it, has been drastically altered and we need to adapt and innovate with the changing times and we can only do this effectively when we are willing to review, adjust and innovate to suit changing times, priorities and needs. In the new normal, this is an absolute must!”

He said it was particularly commendable that the COWLSO leadership did not allow the virus to slow down the activities of the Committee, saying that in itself was made possible through innovation. 

“I must say that much of this year has gone by in a blur amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic that has ravaged much of the world, to date, with Lagos State and Nigeria at large, not being spared. We are, however, emerging slowly out of the perilous season, even though there is still so much we do not know about the virus or the rate of contagion.

Speaking on the essence of the workshop, Sanwo-Olu said; “As spouses of the officials of the Lagos State Government, you all have very important roles to play in shaping, influencing and communicating the policies and programmes of our administration. This can only be done when you have been properly equipped through training such as this.”

In her opening remarks, COWLSO Chairman and Lagos State First Lady, Dr. (Mrs.) Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said the training was in line with the vision of the founding mothers of the Committee towards training and retraining of members to complement their spouses in delivering good governance to the people.

“Our world and times are changing and so we too have to continuously do a need assessment and improve ourselves. We need to be incident commanders at all times in the home, in the environment, state and nation.

Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu also said; “We need to bridge the gaps in communicating the ideals of the government to our people, be the listening ear, be the voice of the voiceless galvanizing the youths and women, caring for the aged, lifting each other up, teaching technology to the women in rural areas, having clean environment, better health facilities, improved learning techniques, having clearer and sharper communication skills, and defending the welfare of our state and country at all times”.

Other topics to be discussed at the training include Financial Literacy, Crop Agriculture, Fish Farming, Health Awareness, Public Speaking, Law, Motivational Talk, Aerobics, among others.

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