Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has praised women for their invaluable contribution to nation building. He said one of the best ways to encourage women to be steadfast in their roles was by honouring them.

The Governor spoke on Tuesday at the 17th National Women’s Conference of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), which held at the Eko Hotel, Lagos. Tagged “She creates, she transforms”, Governor Dickson in his goodwill message commended the first lady of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode for preserving this tradition, 17 years after the programme was first launched.

The Governor believes the tradition of bringing together the wives of Lagos State officials to honour those of them who have excelled in their various fields of endeavour was commendable and promised to replicate it in Bayelsa State.

The event, amongst other things, honoured the very first female mechanic in Nigeria, Miss Sandra Aguebor. In attendance were the governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and Gov Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.

Also in attendance was the Oba of Lagos, His Highness Oba Rilean Akiolu, wife of the vice president, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo and wives of other governors.