The Forum of the Wives of Southern Governors has come up with a new concept by agreeing to embark on a particular life-changing project in every state of the region as a symbol of unity.
At the meeting through which Mrs. Betsy Obaseki emerged as the Chairperson of the forum, the first of its kind concept is said to be committed to preach unity and love devoid of political, tribal, and religious undertone.
Wife of Ondo State Governor, who happens to be one of the elders in the forum disclosed this while addressing her media team shortly after the meeting which was held at the Edo state government house, Asokoro Abuja.
According to her, the essence of the gathering is to agree on a tangible and impactful project that will be executed by all of them.
“This is a new concept, we have reaffirmed our commitment and agreed that, much as we do projects in our respective states, depending on the need of each state, there is also a need for all of us to think of a project that we will embark upon and make it a legacy, so that by the time we move on, our names will be written in the sand of time that this was the project was executed during the time of this batch of first ladies”. She said.
Mrs. Akeredolu explained that the meeting, which was preceded by a dinner party at Yar’adua conference centre was to welcome the new first ladies into the forum and intimate them with the mode of operation.
She stressed the need for political leaders to let unity prevail over political parties’ affiliation which was the fundamental of the first ladies’ meeting.
She said: ” The focus is to take it to the next level, it consists of first ladies of the two major political parties; we are trying to form unity and there was an evidence of oneness, I think somewhat we may like to challenge our husbands to play down politics a little bit.
“There was a commitment that this forum must grow from strength to strength, and we urged ourselves to be present at every meeting.
According to her, the forum would soon unveil the kind of project they agreed to embark upon in all the states. “We strongly agreed on such a project but we have not really decided on what the project would be, but as time goes on, we should be able to come up with one.
” I see this batch as one that will definitely gets things done, and we also pledged our support for our new Chairperson, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, first lady of Edo state.
Mrs. Akeredolu revealed that the forum is an avenue for them to learn and share experiences on different difficulties that each one of them encountered in their various states, and to help in rendering ideas to surmount such.
” Through the process, we learned, and we will continue to learn, even some of us that are old cannot say we’ve learnt enough, and the new ones will always listen to us on how we do things”. She added.