Six years in office, NGO honours Ajimobi, other activists for outstanding performance.
A Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative,non-governmental organisations has made public outcries against discrimination against women and children.
The group made the call on Friday during its gala and award night at the MUSON Centre, Lagos State, where the wife of the Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, was conferred with the Founder’s Award.
Other awardees were motivational speaker and life coach, Mr. Lanre Olusola (Change Advocate Award); former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Fatai Owoseni (Safety and Security Advocate Award); Justice Ibitola Sotuminu (Lifetime Advocate Award); Dr. Pamela Ajayi (Medical Advocate Award); and TVC Communications (Media Advocate Award).
The others were Mrs. Lola Are-Adegbite (Education Advocate Award); Virgin Atlantic (Humanitarian Award); Mrs. Juliana Obabiolorunkosi (Compassionate Advocate Award); and Mrs. Uche Arabome (Compassionate Advocate Award).
In his keynote address, Olúsolá stated that the award was in recognition of the numerous achievements recorded by Mrs Florence Ajimobi , which he said God sees in a woman, including kindness, selflessness, beauty, dignity and being a home builder.
He added that women were viewed in society as sex symbols.
Olusola said, “The media, unfortunately, make matters worse — a lot of commercials and music videos. Women are more than that. They have a critical role that they play in society. They play one of the most important roles and that role is motherhood.
“Motherhood is a very pivotal mission that is assigned to women alone. A classic poem, written by William Ross Wallace, entitled, What Rules the World says, ‘The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world’. Behind every successful man is a very strong and influential woman — either his mother or his wife.”
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Yetunde Odejayi, in his remarks, said, “However, no government can do it alone without the support and commitment of well-meaning and public-spirited individuals and organisations.
“It is in this regard that I would like to commend the trustees of Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative for organising this event to recognise and honour those who have given of their resources to support initiatives focused on women and children.”