Women participation in politics must go beyond singing at rallies – Akeredolu
Governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu has urged women to be more interested in holding political positions rather than participating as singers at political rallies.
This was stated on Tuesday in Lagos by Akeredolu when he spoke at the 21st annual national conference of the committee of wives of Lagos state officials (COWLSO).
Speaking on the theme, ‘Awake’, Akeredolu said women have more important roles to play to contribute to national development.
“There is a need for women to start taking the issue of participating in politics seriously. Your role cannot be just jamboree and singing at political rallies. We must train the girl child in a way that she has a role to play in the future”, Akeredolu said.
“We must do more than what we were doing before. We must stop the obnoxious practice which limit the potential of the girl-child. We must resist the attempt by those who crave perpetual domination.
“You must work on the curriculum of our education. Our women must feel that their gender is free. We must not limit their freedom. I can see women salvaging this country. Being wives of elected or appointed political office holders is not enough. I believe that it is salutary to have spouses who are very supportive of their husbands in many ways.”
“There is nothing we men can do without women beside us. And so the charge before us today is to look at the changes and the emerging realities of our time,” he said.
“I believe the word ‘Awake’ is appropriate and it is meant for our women to be a lot more resilient; to be aware of the environment; to have a new approach to doing things; to ensure that you have a sustainable mindset at everything you find yourselves doing as individuals, as organisations, as corporate entities and so on.