Wife of the Governor of Ogun State and President, UPLIFT Development Foundation (UDF), Dr. (Mrs.) Olufunso Amosun has tasked women to brace up to the challenges of life by taking actions to achieve their goals.

Speaking during the first Summit of the Forum for Wives of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO), held in Akure, Ondo State, with the theme, ‘’Unlocking the Hidden Potentials in Women: A Task for All’’, Mrs. Amosun charged women to take their rightful position in the scheme of things and not relegate themselves to the background.

She said, “unlocking our potentials lies in our hands. We all have the power to achieve our goals but we cannot do this folding our hands and expecting a change. We need to work hard and look beyond our limitations to bring about the desired change in our lives as women and the society”.

The wife of the Governor called on the society to give priority to gender issues by strengthening the rights of women, appealing to Nigerians to join hands with government to build an environment, where development could be achieved irrespective of gender and religious affiliations.

In her address titled; ‘’The FOWOSO Women: Irreversible Social Change Agents’’, Wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Betty Anyawu- Akeredolu, said the forum was initiated to build an army of resolute change makers, who would participate in engineering the development of the state and country at large.

She added that the forum had ignited the cause of women empowerment for socio-economic development and had imparted on the lives of women through skill acquisitions, and health awareness programmes, noting that giving women their rightful position in the society could unlock their hidden potentials and reduce barriers hindering their advancements.

According to Mrs. Akeredolu, “It is to no one’s benefit to suppress the ability of women by denying them quality education, marrying them off against their will and confining them to the kitchen. Everyone must be allowed to unleash their potentials, without preference to any particular gender.’’

The Keynote Speaker, Dr. Munirat Ogunlayi said the theme of the summit could only be realised, when women are given equal opportunities like their male counterpart to operate, stressing the need for women to be committed and courageous to achieve their potentials.

Ogunlayi added that poverty, abuse, violence, religion, family, individual mind-set, as well as institutions, were limiting factors locking the potentials of women and if not properly addressed, women and the girl-child would remain dormant thus hindering their contributions to nation building.