Rotary Should Continue to Inspire Women for Economic Growth- Alaba Lawson
A call has gone to Rotary International and indeed organisations around the country to consistently inspire and promote women for economic and national growth
The appeal was made by former President, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Chief Alaba Lawson while presenting the keynote address at the first Rotary District 9110 Women in Rotary Conference held at the Nigeria Law School Auditorium, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Speaking on the topic “ The Transformational Woman: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion For Socio-Economic Change”, Chief Lawson stated that Rotary as an organization has made giant strides in the area of women empowerment and advised that the body should do more as it will ultimately lead to the nation’s growth.
She noted that women are the key to Nigeria’s economic and political advancement, and the more women involved at the top echelon and decision-making process, the better.
According to her“When more women work, economies grow. Women’s economic empowerment boosts productivity, increases economic diversification and income equality in addition to other positive development outcomes”.
Describing women as the future, she stated that studies have shown that companies with more women on their boards outperform those without them by a significant margin, and organisations with greater gender diversity globally grew to 32% in 2022.
According to her, women often excel at soft skills required for business leadership and they represent a significant economic force and provide valuable consumer insight that any nation needs to thrive.
She further highlighted the fact that Nigeria needs traits such as ability to connect, collaborate, empathize, communicate and be prudent which are inherent in women to make progress in key sectors including economy, politics and more.
She, however, lamented that despite the fact that women are in the majority in terms of population, the opportunities for them to show their skills and contribute meaningfully have been hampered by systemic bottlenecks.
She therefore advised that to fuel its fire of progress and revolutionize its economic, political and social structure, women must be given adequate representation in government and key sectors of the economy.
Also speaking, Tax expert and management consultant, Mr Gbenga Badejo who spoke on “10 Top Financial Challenges for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises” noted that if women can overcome these challenges, they would be able to build formidable businesses and play in the big league.
He gave the challenges as: limited or inconsistent cashflow, not using budgetary control mechanism, no preparation for unforeseen expenses, not raising enough capital, too much debt, neglecting necessary financial reporting and book keeping, , poor regulatory compliance, mixing business and personal finances, poor marketing tactics and poor managing of receivables and payables.
Earlier in her welcome address, Rotarian Omotunde Lawson, District Governor, Rotary International District 9110 noted that the conference, the first in the 41 -year history of the District, which covers Rotary Clubs in Lagos and Ogun States, was aimed at equipping women with the right support for personal and financial growth.
BREAKING! Gunmen Attack Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, Several Injured
BREAKING! Gunmen Attack Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, Several Injured
Sahara Weekly Reports That Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State escaped death by whiskers when his convoy was blocked and attacked by people believed to be supporters of Alh. Muritala Yakubu Ajaka at about 12.30 hours on Saturday.
The attack took place near the Naval Base, a few kilometres from Lokoja town.
It was reported that the convoy of Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, having sighted that of the Governor, reportedly blocked the road while some of his armed thugs started shooting sporadically at the Governor’s convoy.
A Tundra branded with the logo of the SDP and with SDP flags also blocked the Governor’s vehicle and occupants of the SDP-branded Tundra were armed with rifles and short guns.
Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, said there is no cause for panic as the Governor is in high spirits.
“Some security aides and other aides attached to the Governor sustained some degrees of injuries and have been rushed to medical facilities for medical attention.
We urge the people of Kogi State to remain calm as security agents are in full control to ensure the arrest of the hoodlums behind the attack.
“The State Government will ensure that law and order are maintained as the attackers will be brought to justice,” he said.
Governor Bello warned that no APC member should involve in any reprisal attack as insecurity from any quarter will be met with stiff penalties
Engr. Dr Funmi Ayinke Celebrates 40th Birthday With Close Associates, Releases Chocolate Video
Foremost Nigerian engineer and musician, Dr. Funmi Ayinke Waheed-Adekojo has celebrated her 40th birthday in a classy manner with close associates in Lekki, Lagos state.
Similarly, she released the much-anticipated video for her hit single, Chocolate.
The event which took place on Saturday, 27th of May, 2023 had important personalities and celebrities who are friends of Funmi Ayinke. The likes of Gbenga Adeyinka The 1st, Kunle Afod, Fiokee, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, a member of the national assembly, Honourable Phillips, APPON members, Members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, to mention but a few honoured the Engineer cum musician with their presence.
Funmi Ayinke, who had gotten a huge surprise earlier in the day and two car gifts last month to celebrate her birthday was astonished at the calibre of personalities present at her birthday celebration and the amazing things they had to say about her.
For the former VC of the University of Lagos, Funmi Ayinke was a huge part of his success during his tenure. He revealed that the musician, who is more like a daughter to him, helped him in different ways including saving him from committing a grave error.
‘’I want to return all Glory to almighty God. When I think about my success as Vice Chancellor, I can’t talk about my success without the contribution of Funmi Ayinke. I would have committed an error if not for her intervention. I would have gone into a trap if not because I consulted with her and she warned me about the problems ahead.’’
‘’Some of our funds were locked somewhere, she asked me not to worry and she told me what to do to get it. We put everything together and today we have a testimony ‘’
‘’Thirdly, the confidence she brings into whatever she’s doing and professionalism. She says it the way it is. I want to thank God for her life, husband and children’’
Honourable Phillips, who was just elected into the national assembly, extolled the positive contribution of Dr Funmi Ayinke to his victory at the last election. He spoke about the encouragement she gave him during the election and how she made some of his constituents vote for him.
‘’I am glad to be here tonight to celebrate Dr Funmi Ayinke. During my election, she was helpful. She encouraged me through some of her philanthropic gestures, she made some of my people vote for me. If we call her three-faced or four-faced, we will be wrong, I would like to call her many faces. She’s multiple personalities in one person. As busy as politicians are during this period, I deem it fit to be here. We will be inviting her to the National Assembly so that Nigerians will learn from her’’
The members of APPON who came from Abuja described the celebration as a professional and great woman. They expressed surprise at how easily she combines her thriving music career and profession without both clashing. They also announced that she has been nominated as the matron of the association and will be properly confirmed at an event later in the year.
‘’She’s been a professional, a great woman. If you go to the music industry she’s there, due process and professionalism in public procurement she’s there. She’s done so much for the profession. I bring greetings from all our platforms to celebrate with her. I pray God keeps you and blesses you. I want to announce that she has been approved as the matron of APPON, she will be confined properly at the event.’’
Similarly, the national chairman of the national institute of mechanical engineers described Dr Funmi Ayinke as a fantastic and dynamic woman who has done so much for the profession. She noted that women are few in the mechanical engineering field but Funmi Ayinke is one of the best in the industry.
‘’She’s one fantastic lady, dynamic, beautiful, hard-working and someone dynamic in nature. We are limited as ladies in mechanical engineering but she’s one of the best we have. I was called from Ghana about giving her an award, I told them she deserves it. She’s indeed a change agent God has brought into the industry.’’
Furthermore, Professor Waheed Adekojo, husband to Funmi Ayinke, showered her with praises for all she has been through over the years. The highlight of his testimony about his wife was the fact that she is a prayer warrior who believes so much in God and has taught him to always run to God whenever there are issues.
‘’If I want to talk about my wife it will take a lot of time. She’s someone who so much loves God, believes in God and prays to God and that’s why whenever there’s a disappointment, she’s always run to GOD.’’
‘’She has taught me to become prayerful and believe that with God there’s nothing one can’t achieve. This motivates her to impact people. She doesn’t want to see people in pain, She doesn’t want people to be in need. She’s ready to spend the little she has for people.’’
‘’She doesn’t want failure, she moves sometimes at night to sort out problems for people. She’s too hardworking and I am not surprised at her success. She believes in quality, if you have quality things it will last. She wants the country to work, she doesn’t think about herself alone. I am not surprised God is doing all these for her.’’
‘’She doesn’t joke with her children, she has taught them to be prayerful. Above all, I love her so much’’
In her reactions, Engr. Dr Funmi Ayinke appreciated everyone present at the party while speaking about how little she started and how God has tremendously blessed the work of her hands.
She revealed that her major motivation for success was the sacrifices of her mother while she was growing up. She noted that her mother took so many loans to sort some of her bills and this made her motivated for success.
‘’I want to thank everyone here tonight. People who know me when I was much younger know the journey was not easy. To every girl child, we all celebrate success but truly there’s a process to success. I thank my mother and sincerely speaking, each time I see my mother make sacrifices for me back then, I am determined to slap poverty. I pledged to make it and I want to tell every Nigerian girl that they can be successful without losing integrity. What kept me going is believing in God. He is the one that can take you without giving up on you.’’
Funmi Ayinke stated that she once sold Kerosene at a time to add value to society and through this initiative, she empowered many widows in the city of Ibadan.
‘’I believe in a person of value, I pursued value and didn’t care about money. I was selling kerosene as a nursing mother, I repaired pumps for filling stations, and each time I go to my office, people call me ‘Iya Ayo onikerorsene’. I made so many kerosene sellers in Ibadan and that is why whenever I cough in Ibadan, people rise for me.’’
Continuing, Funmi Ayinke encouraged women in society and campaigned against looking down on the ‘girl child’ because women are agents of change in every society.
‘’I notice in life that when you are a goal-getter, the enemy targets you. While I was coming up, I faced so many hurdles. I once received a 36-page petition against me but God saw me through’’
‘’When you look down on one woman, you kill a society. I want to tell everyone to pick a girl child, don’t give up on them. My kids and I embark on fasting and prayers sometimes. I am a product of God’s grace and what I am today has taken care of thousands of women. ‘’
With Governor Agbu Kefas, The Set Time For Taraba State Is Now! By Oluwatosin Alex
By Oluwatosin Alex
I have written several articles regarding Dr. Agbu Kefas since he won the keenly contested March 18 governorship election in Taraba state. In all these articles, I addressed him as the Governor-elect of Taraba state but now, the title has to change following the smooth inauguration ceremony that was held yesterday Monday, 29th of May, 2023.
Therefore, I would love to first congratulate Dr. Agbu Kefas on his successful inauguration as the duly elected Governor of Taraba state. This has further confirmed that indeed, He was voted for by the good people of Taraba who want rapid change in the affairs of the state. It’s indeed a dream come true not for Governor Agbu Kefas but for the people of Taraba state. Once again, accept my congratulations.
Speaking about the inauguration, the venue of the ceremony, Jolly Nyame Stadium again mirrored the organic love and support the people of Taraba state have for him. The stadium was filled to the brim with shouts of joy as Governor Agbu Kefas took the oath of office and gave his inauguration speech.
For some of the attendees, it wasn’t just an ordinary swearing-in ceremony but a significant event that marks the end of perilous times and the beginning of a new dawn. The event didn’t just have supporters of Governor Agbu Kefas and PDP Chieftains alone, many members of opposition parties, former governors, elder statesmen, senior citizens, youths, and women representatives, among a host of many others, were in attendance. It wasn’t a one-man’s show but an event for the true lovers of Taraba state.
Many who are conversant with Governor Agbu Kefas can testify that he indeed has a great mind, a Midas touch, and extraordinary skills in turning situations around positively. It was only normal for true lovers of Taraba state to storm the inauguration ceremony in the interest of the state.
Governor Agbu Kefas during the inauguration melted the hearts of many when he gave his mind-blowing speech which reiterated his plans for the people of Taraba state and called for support from everyone while acknowledging that the job of governance isn’t a one-man show thing but a collective effort in the interest of Taraba state.
His inauguration speech was not just a ceremonial speech but a statement of hope for the people of Taraba state. Governor Agbu Kefas is loved but was loved more after delivering the masterpiece of a speech at the inauguration ceremony.
Among his promises, He promised to prioritize security, women and youths empowerment, enablement of the disabled, and create an environment where everyone will prosper. Governor Agbu Kefas has never for once deviated from his campaign promises for the people of Taraba state.
Apart from his promises, He made his first appointments yesterday to hit the ground running as promised. It has also been confirmed that within 60 days in office, other appointments will be done for the sake of progress.
Governor Agbu Kefas’ mantra since his campaign days has been ‘Moving Forward’ and undoubtedly, the set time for Taraba state to move forward is NOW.
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