The three-day National Women Summit holding in Ibadan with wives of state governors attending to brainstorm on how to move the nation forward.
The host, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and his Osun counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola, said women remained critical to national development.
They spoke in Ibadan at the 5th National Women Summit organised by Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association (OYSOWA).
The three-day event with the theme, “The Ultimate Woman at a Time like This, ” was attended by delegates from across the country.
Ajimobi said that the role of women in the family and the nation was no doubt the most significant in terms of care and nurturing.
“Either at home or public, women have always played profound roles. Their role is very critical to the survival of the society,” he said.
The governor added that the education of the girl-child was also important and critical to nation-building.
Also speaking, Aregbesola said that the future of a society was determined by the quality of women in that society.
According to him, the real content of any human being is determined by the mother.
“The most resilient of the living beings are the females. They are great survivalists in the world.
“I seek a push for making women economically independent,” he said.
He said that the ultimate woman must champion the eradication of female genital mutilation, saying that the act was psychologically demeaning, unhealthy, barbaric and evil.
Aregbesola, however, urged women not to be casual in playing their roles, adding that the ultimate women must prepare their children for the future.
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on his part, said that women had always lived up to expectation and called for more support from them.
Ambode enjoined women to be more committed to the cause of bringing the nation out of austerity.
“The current economic challenge has posed more problems to everyone as it knows no class or gender.
“Men are like magicians because they make things out of nothing, while the women give the necessary care and support,” he said