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Bolanle Ambode Hands Over To Wife Of Governor-elect (Photos)

Urges her to move COWLSO forward
By Folashade Kadiri

Wife of the governor of Lagos State and chairman of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Bolanle Ambode, has officially handed over to the wife of the governor-elect, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwoolu, urging her to take the Committee to higher heights.

At a brief handing-over ceremony in Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, Mrs. Ambode lauded the vision of the founding mothers of the committee, which is to compliment the efforts of the government, in critical areas that are women and children- friendly.

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State and chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs Bolanle Ambode (L) and wife of the Governor-elect, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu (R), displaying the handing-over documents after signing, during the handing-over ceremony wife of the in-coming governor, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, over the weekend.

She reflected that the committee under successive chairmen, had continued to walk in that great vision, leading to remarkable improvement in the lives of women, girls and children, in vital areas of health, empowerment, education and others.

Speaking further, she recalled some of the achievements recorded under her chairmanship in the last four years: ‘My lovely women, with all sense of modesty, we happily recall some of our collective achievements in the health sector of the state, by way of interventions in maternal and child health, year after year.

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State and chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs Bolanle Ambode (L) and wife of the Governor-elect, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu (R), signing the handing-over documents, during the handing-over ceremony to the wife of the in-coming governor, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, over the weekend.

‘The various phases of intervention led to the sponsorship of goiter surgery for 30 women, free hearing aids for 15 children, 3 women and 2 men; as well as the upgrading of the ENT Department of the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos. We also purchased and installed state-of-the-art audiology equipment, including Otoread OAE capable of detecting hearing defects in newborns’.

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State and chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs Bolanle Ambode (3rd left); and wife of the Governor-elect, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu (3rd right), displaying the handing-over documents after signing, during the handing-over ceremony wife of the in-coming governor, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, over the weekend. With them are; members of COWLSO; Mrs. Tolani Balogun (2nd left); Mrs. Rhoda Ayinde (L); Mrs. Arinola Ajose (2nd right); and Mrs. Oyindamola Ogunsanwo (r).

Still speaking on COWLSO’s achievements under her, Mrs. Ambode said: ‘Other phases of intervention saw the procurement and donation of two Transport Incubator Ambulance to Gbagada General Hospital and Island Maternity Hospital, coupled with the donation of 32 neo-natal incubators to 13 General Hospitals and 6 fully fitted Birthing Suites for Amuw-Odofin Maternal and Child Centre, Epe General Hospital and Island Maternity Hospital, Lagos, among others’.

She copiously thanked members of the committee for their robust support for herself and the Ambode Administration over the past four years, while also appreciating her predecessors for their kind advice and words of wisdom.

Responding, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwoolu, commended her for taking COWLSO to its current enviable height, promising that she would not deviate from the founding ideals of the committee.

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State and chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs Bolanle Ambode (2nd left), supported by the Committee members; Mrs. Tolani Balogun (L) and Mrs. Oyindamola Ogunsanwo (r), presenting grant cheque to one of the beneficiary NGOs, Adebola Kolawole, during the handing-over ceremony wife of the in-coming governor, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, over the weekend.

She said, “I thank my big sister, Her Excellency, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, for the great steps she has taken to move the committee to its current level. I thank her for the words of encouragement, that I should not be scared about the challenges of that Office. I will do my best, God helping me, to move COWLSO to the next level.’

Mrs. Sanwoolu who also praised Governor Ambode for his generous attention to the committee, noted that governance was a continuum, adding that the in-coming administration would work hard enough, to move the state to the next level.

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State and chairman, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Mrs Bolanle Ambode (2ndright); wife of the Governor-elect, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu (2ndleft); wife of the Deputy Governor-elect, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat (r); and wife of the State APC chairman, Mrs. Tolani Balogun (L), during the handing-over ceremony wife of the in-coming governor, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, over the weekend.

A major highlight of the event, was the presentation of charity grants to 29 orphanage homes and those for the less privileged.

Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.)
Asst. Director Public Affairs
Office of the Wife of the Governor of Lagos State
Sunday, 26th May 2019