Governor Babatunde Fashola
The wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, Monday unveiled a N300 million villa, which she said, the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) built in Lekki Phase II for retirees in the state.
The first lady, who is also the COWLSO chairperson, spoke on the N300 million project while addressing a news conference at the Lagos Television Combo Hall on the 2012 edition of its annual National Women Conference.
She explained that the retirement villa, which she said, had facilities such as tennis court, squash court, swimming pool, medical facilities and 12 chalets among others, had been completed, though would soon be commissioned.
She said the villa was not meant to serve as permanent home for retired civil servants but to serve as recreation and orientation centre, saying COWLSO began the construction of the retirement villa in Lekki Phase II in 2010 and completed it in 2012.
She added that the proceeds of COWLSO’s National Conference in the past five years had been used to build seven recreational centres, such as Lafiagi Community Centre, Kudirat Abiola Freedom Square, Oshodi Sports Centre, among others.
On the 2012 National Women Conference, the first lady said the conference would hold at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotel and Suits, Victoria Island, which will commence October 30 and end on November 1.
She said Kaduna State Governor, Mr. Ibrahim Yakowa “will declare the conference open while his Osun State counterpart, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, will declare the conference closed.
The theme of the conference is “Women as Leaders”.
She noted that the major topics “to be discussed at the event include Female Leadership Virtues,” which she said, would delivered by Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello and Leadership Ethics and Empowerment by Prof. Sophie Oluwole.
According to the first lady, in line with our tradition, we shall unveil the recipient of this year’s Inspirational Women award to be presented by our special guest of honour at the opening ceremony.
She added that the objectives of the conference were “to serve as a platform for Nigerian women to gather to exchange ideas on issues of common concern and to serve as a means of generating funds through conference fees and sponsorships to execute COWLSO programmes and projects in support of government’s efforts”.