By Elizabeth Uwandu
UNIVERSITY of Lagos Women Society, ULWS, is set to commission a female hostel as part of its anniversary celebration to mark the society’s 50 years in existence.
The celebration, which is billed to commence on April 3, 2017, will feature as special guest, Africa’s richest woman, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, as well as the launch of a book on the history of the society.
Speaking for the NGO, which has a creche, nursery and primary school, the president, Mrs Momudat Bello, and wife of UNILAG’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Rahmoh Bello, said; “The occasion is imperative to celebrate the works of the society, over the years, in contributing to the advancement of the female gender, as well as reward deserving members of the society.”
On building a female hostel, Mrs. Bello said; “The Society is being run by females aimed at alleviating the challenges that women face. When you look at our society, you see that the female child has more challenges than the male. She is exposed to unwanted pregnancy, she can lose her career, if care is not taken, to child birth and raising children. Basically, we serve to reduce the burden of the female, hence the building of the hostel.
“Based on the phrase, ‘to train a girl child is to train a nation’ we also award the best graduating females every session. We also believe that when the female child is empowered she can achieve great feats and compete with male counterparts.” Bello said.
Heralding activities for the anniversary, Chairperson, Mrs Denise Oguntoye, said; “The event will be week long, from April 3 to 9, 2017. A ‘walk for knowledge and tree planting at the ULWS hostel will set the ceremony in motion. Other programmes are school day to celebrate the pupils, anniversary lecture, launch of the society’s book, long service award for staff, Ju-mat prayer, novelty match, and gala/award night and a thanksgiving service.