There is no doubt that a visionary is always driven by passion and zeal to ensure consistency and generosity.
Ikorodu Division witnessed yet another crowd of eminent personalities on Saturday 25th of February, 2017 as Hon. Babajimi Benson, MHR, convened Ikorodu Division APC Women to appreciate their resilience and commitment before, during and after the 2015 election for voting massively in his support. The atmosphere was agog which made the occasion the talk of the town.
The opening speech was delivered by the iCARE woman leader, Com. Kehinde Okeowo who appreciated Hon. Jimi Benson for his brilliant idea of iCARE FOUNDATION that has indeed yielded positive results on the good people of Ikorodu Division.
Immediately she dropped the microphone, the wife of JB, Mrs Olajumoke Benson, a woman of substance and an epitome of peace and tranquility, in her eloquent voice, showed her amazement of the tenacity of purpose and zeal that drove Ikorodu Division women during the 2015 electioneering campaign of her husband. She affirmed that the zeal of the Ikorodu women had indeed strengthened her belief and had made her stronger as APC weathered the storms through their determination.
Furthermore, next to handle the microphone was the Director General of iCARE FOUNDATION, Mayor Deen Sanwoola, who explains the purpose of the project as a way to compensate and appreciate the women for their relentless efforts in supporting Hon. Jimi Benson. He added yet another initiated project called START UP IKORODU, which is aimed at empowering the young entrepreneurs.
The arena was enveloped with locomotive applauds as the man of the moment mounted the podium, Hon. Babajimi Benson, MHR. He was so elated about the roles the women played during the 2015 election and as such, he was determined to fulfil all promises made. He said women have influenced social change in Lagos. He further spoke on some other projects he had initiated which of course are yielding fruit, some of them are, light up project, interest free loan, provision of conducive learning environment just to mention but a few.
Added to this special occasion was presentation of awards which was done by Her Excellency, Mrs Bolanle Ambode with Mrs Olajumoke Benson and Hon. Jiimi Benson himself. The awardees were: Mrs Olabimpe Oluyemisi Carena, Princess Oyetokunbo Adeniran, Princess Folashade Olabanji Oba, Mrs Erogbogbo Tosan, Late Mrs Shokunbi Folake, Chief Mrs Iyalode Fausat Gbadebo and Com. Kehinde Okeowo.
Shortly after the presentation of the awards, Her Excellency Mrs Bolanle Ambode appreciated the convener of the event, Hon. 'Jimi Benson and the entire women of Ikorodu Division for their passion and confidence in the APC led government of Lagos State. In her inaugural speech, she said the dedication and supports of the women of Ikorodu Division, contributed immensely to the party's success at the last general election. She therefore acquainted the women that the action Governor of Lagos, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode's desire for his administration is to carry the women along through economic empowerment programmes.
The occasion did not end without the touch of competitions among the six Local Councils in Ikorodu Division as they engaged in Head gear tying competition which saw the representative of Ikorodu West LCDA emerged as the winner. While another winner emerged from a cosmetic competition. This time it was a representative from Ijede LCDA.
One of the Governor's Advisory Committee (GAC), Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun commends the comportment of the women during elections and for being non-violent. He advised them not to relegate themselves. Moreover, he further advised the people to abhor the use of the press to attack their leaders but to rather be objective and constructive in their criticism.
Other eminent personalities that were present are, former Commissioner for Education, Barr. Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye who ably represented the Deputy Governor of Lagos, Mrs Oluranti Adebule, Others were, Sen. Olanrewaju Solomon, Majority Leader, LSHA, Hon. S.O.B. Agunbiade, Hon. Nurudeen Sholaja-Saka, Chief Adenrele Olowu, Former SSG, Lagos State, Princess Adenrele Ogunsanya, Lagos East Senatorial woman leader, Chief Mrs Fausat Gbadebo, Otunba Ayodele Elesho, Olori Sekinat Kasali, Party Leaders, past Chairmen, Sole Administrators, LGA Chairmen, APC faithfuls and a host of others.
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