By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, yesterday, disclosed that Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO, has commenced the construction of retiree villa for retired civil servants in the state.
Mrs Fashola further said that it was part of their plan to cater for retirees in the state, adding that the total fund needed for the completion of the project is N285 million.
She also said Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and his Enugu State counterpart, Mr. Sullivan Chime, would lead other notable dignitaries to COWLSO’s 10th National Women Conference in Lagos.
The First Lady made this known at a press briefing to herald the conference held in Lagos.
She said: “Presently, work has reached 60 percent completion at the ongoing retiree villa in Lekki which is one of the projects of the committee. I am optimistic that it would be completed in another eight months if funds are available.”
She noted that the villa on completion would have amongst other facilities, tennis court, squash court, swimming pool, medical facilities and 12 chalets.
Fashola, however, noted that the villa was not meant to serve as permanent home for retired civil servants but to serve as recreation and orientation centre.
She said the theme for this year’s conference was Celebrating the Passionate Woman, and that it would hold between Wednesday 27 and Friday 29, October at Eko Hotel and Suites.
She revealed that this year’s conference would have over 10 guest speakers, expected to speak on topics like, Ways of Healthier Lifestyle, Keeping the Home Front, Dress for Success, Being the Best of You, and Woman and Environment.
The first lady further listed depression, self medication and drug abuse, lifestyle, nutrition as other issues that would be on the front burner during the conference.
She explained that the conference would cost each participant the sum of N40, 000, adding that funds generated from donations and fees for the conference would be channelled towards the construction and renovation of recreational centres.
Fashola also said that Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar would be honoured with the committee’s Inspirational Woman of the Year Award for her achievement as the first woman Justice of the highest court in Nigeria