Lagos Lawmaker, Mojisola Alli-Macaulay Hails Sanwo-Olu For Appointing 12 Women Into Cabinet

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A lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay has described the appointment of 12 women into the cabinet of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State as a good development.

Alli-Macaulay, representing Amuwo-Odofin Constituency 1 in the Assembly, said in an interview that she received the news with joy and urged other governors to emulate the action of the Lagos Governor.

“I am joyous; this is the first time such would happen in the history of democratic process in Lagos.

“I want to appreciate the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), most especially our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the new governor for taking this highly impressive milestone in changing the narrative in Lagos State, ” she said.

The lawmaker added that during elections; women are all out to cast their votes, and that they work assiduously during campaign periods.

She stated further that women face a lot of domestic challenges and that they still don’t relent but ensure that they participate wholeheartedly in electoral processes.

The lawmaker described the state as a real progressive state that set the pace for other states in new ideas.

“We want to thank the leadership of the state for acting differently and for responding to the yearnings of women. We must know that having many women in government is something that other states should emulate.

“If you want things said, get men to say it; if you want it done and you are really serious about it, get the women to do it. Women are natural multipliers, and divine incubators,” she said.

The lawmaker commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for not turning his back against the promises he made during campaigns to women.

She, however, advised the women in the cabinet not to disappoint the trust and confidence reposed on them while not allowing their family and marriages to suffer.

“I just want to urge them to please put their very best into whatever they have been assigned to do.

“I want to also appeal to them, especially the married ones, not to allow their marital responsibilities to suffer. I want them to create a balance between their official duties and their marital responsibilities,” she said.

She said that the country needed more women in politics to move forward, and urged men to allow their wives participate in politics.

On the challenges confronting women in the state generally, the lawmaker urged the governor to give special and adequate attention to the cause of women through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

The lawmaker, who expressed confidence in the competence, experience of the newly sworn-in Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Bolaji Dada, said that Lagos women needed more empowerment.

“We have so many women who are not yet covered. Women should not relent in their push to be emancipated, they should keep pushing and there is going to be a balance eventually.

“I want to urge the governor to look deeply into caring for women.

“When women are empowered, you have empowered a nation. We want more women to be empowered,” she added.

Alli-Macaulay however thanked her husband, who she said has been her backbone as a politician, adding that he supports her maximally in her political career, which she said is the reason she is succeeding.

The politician also revealed that the people of Amuwo Odofin area are confronted with many challenges ranging from unemployment to insecurity, traffic gridlock and several others, but that they were not insurmountable.

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