The call came at this years’ celebration of International Women’s Day Conference which took place on Wednesday, 19th June at Akure, the Ondo State capital with the theme: ‘#Balance for Beter’ and facilitated by an NGO, Doze Needy Education Foundation in collaboration with Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The guest speaker, Prof Mrs. Helen Olayinka Ogunsuyi in her lecture said women must wake up and begin to bring development into all strata of the economy saying every woman is innovative as she has an inherent strength to multitask.
“This lecture was put together to challenge our thinking capacity towards exploiting our innovative mindset gainfully in order to become a part of those that make decision and policies that drive our nation, Nigeria.
It is high time for women to wake up to the reality of exploiting innovation in order to bring around the long awaited transformation in our nation, Nigeria. Regardless of colour, age, tradition, class etc, one thing is very common to all categories of women and this is the ability to multi-task”, she added while explaining her lecture titled: Innovation and Relevance: Trail to Balanced and Better Society.
According to her, women need to appraise themselves to determine simpler ways of achieving their goals without changing their original idea and must also not allow their ideas to go obsolete.
Prof Ogunsuyi challenged women to be creative, curious, have strategic plan in order to become productive thereby contributing their quota to the development of their society.
In her charge, Prof. Ogunsuyi urged women to discover their potentials and bring it up saying wisdom and excellence has no gender thus they must be at their best.
She also used the opportunity to stress the need for women to adapt in order not to go into extinction.
Also speaking, Chief Mrs. Olamide Falana in her lecture stressed the need for women to become life-long learner by learning, unlearning and relearning.
Mrs. Falana said the theme for this years’ celebration came as a result of the need for gender parity in all spheres of life.
She however urged women to take care of their health, exercise regularly, eat well, relax and again have good sources of income in order to be in a position to contribute their quota.
The event which is part of the effort of NDDC and Doze Needy Education Foundation to mark the 2019 International Women’s Day is aimed at advancing gender equality and empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection system, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.
Other highpoint of the event included a question and answer session where women freely engaged the lecturers on ways to advance women’s cause locally and globally.
The 2019 International Women’s Day Conference in Ondo State had in attendance women from all walks of life.