How I Found My Way Among 31 Males – Oyo Assembly Only Female Lawmaker, Hon Oladeji • Receives NCWS Award
The only female lawmaker in the Oyo state House of Assembly, Hon. Olawumi Oladeji has been honoured with a prestigious award of recognition for her distinguised contributions to women and children empowerment in Oyo state and Nigeria in general.
Hon. Oladeji’s award by the National Council Of Women’s Society, NCWS, Southwest, was the latest among many awards in commendation of her track records on the progress and welfare of women in the society.
Shortly before receiving the award at the event held at Samonda, Ibadan, Hon. Oladeji said with the clamour for more inclusion of women in elective positions, it was unfortunate that only one female lawmaker is presently in the Oyo state 9th assembly.
Hon Oladeji, a lawmaker and 2023 assembly candidate for Ogbomoso North House of Assembly state constituency, said women should rally support for women candidates during next year’s general election to pave way for more women into elective positions.
She said being the only female lawmaker in the house of assembly has not been easy but with God’s wisdom and resilience, “I have been able to manoeuvre among the male lawmakers”
“I must confess to you, as the only female lawmaker in a house of 32 lawmakers, it has not been easy. Among 32 lawmakers of the state assembly, 31 are male, I’m the only female and sometimes things get tough trying to find your way among them but with my experience, resilience, determination, and commitment to the mandate given me by the good people of Ogbomoso North, I’ve always done it bit by bit.
“I want to also assure you all that I will not waver in advancing the course of women and womanhood in our society which was why I personally sponsored some bills and motions that have since become laws that are being practiced in the state,” Hon. Bimbo Oladeji said.
Hon. Oladeji appreciated the party and her constituents for giving her another opportunity to flag the party’s mandate in next year’s general election, promising to double efforts at supporting women, in a bid to supercede her track records if elected.
The National President of the Council, Hajia Lami Adamu, who presented the award to the lawmaker, commended Hon. Oladeji for being a worthy ambassador and advocate of women.
According to Hajia Adamu, the lawmaker, through her success story as both politician and legislator has proved to the world that women in the society are nation builders and should be given more opportunities to serve especially in elective offices.
Hajia who assured that members of the Council throughout the country will support every woman in politics in the forthcoming general elections, directed all members to get their Permanent Voters Cards ready and vote massively for women.
Hajia Adamu also used the opportunity to inaugurate the newly elected executive members of the Council in Oyo State