By Ebun Sessou
Member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Tejuosho has urged more women to participate in politics as a strategy to stabilise the country.
Tejuosho who made the call at the just-concluded Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria maintained that women as a stabilising factor, are capable of restoring peace in the country when they are well engaged in the affairs of the nation.
According to her, women are agents of change and they are more than enough, therefore, we will continue to encourage women as stabilisers of the home-front to come out and stabilise the nation as a whole.
The lawmaker who is the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security representing Mushin Constituency 1, reiterated that it would be a good omen for the nation if more women come into politics. She added that women need continuous encouragement to come into politics. “Women are good managers of the home, we are able to multi-task. We take care of our husbands, children, home-front, we also take care of our offices. For a woman to get to her workplace in the early hours of the day with her male peers means she must have woken up hours earlier.
“We are not discouraged as women. We know that initially, we had to struggle to get to where we are. Even the parties say that it is free for women to run for elective positions. They do not have to pay. It is a form of encouragement. We have been given the chance to compete with the men. We know that there is nothing that the men are doing that the women cannot do.
“I have always said that, what a woman cannot do can never be done. I am not discouraged as a woman. There are lots of women that can hold those positions and we will continue to encourage ourselves,” she said.
On the issue of one female speaker out of 36 state speakers in Nigeria, she said: “We are not discouraged. We have had female speakers before in different states and we are hopeful that in the nearest future, there would be female speakers in Lagos.
Speaking on the Conference of Speakers, Tejuosho said it is an avenue to deliberate on issues that affect all the different states, hammer on the peculiarities and the general things that affect us. It is in this conference that issues on amendment of constitution, as well as clamouring for special status for Lagos State in particular.
“We know that we used to be capital of Nigeria before it moved to Abuja, we should not forget that the population in Lagos is very high. We have over 22 million people in Lagos State. We have the seaport, airport, Tincan among others.
“So, everybody is plying this road and I believe that with all the wears and tears on our roads, we deserve to have more money so that the roads can be in a better shape. We have been able to do a lot in terms of roads in the state but we will continue to clamour for more, especially the right of Lagos.
“Lagos State is an accommodating state. Lagos is multicultural, we are tolerant and that is why people would want to come to Lagos, because they all have families in Lagos. I also know that they understand the fact that we have a good finishing approach for whatever project we embark upon. Lagos never abandons projects. We continue to improve on what we do. Other people copy our template to replicate in their states.
“When you see the success that is happening in Lagos State, you will want to come and see. They have seen quite a number of people including the leaders of the state. There is no dull moment in Lagos,” she said.