13th October, 2011
The Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO is currently in need of N150 million to complete the building of its Retirement Villa.
Chairman of COWLSO, Mrs Abimbola Fashola disclosed this at a news conference on the forthcoming National Women Conference on Tuesday at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Secretariat, Alausa in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
The Retirement Villa is meant to be a relaxation centre for people who have retired from active service and also serve as a meeting point for active retirees to bond, have fun and reflect on their youthful days.
She disclosed that the committee had realised N137 million out of the N287 million needed for the project, adding that it would need N150 million to complete the project.
The Retirement Villa is located in Lekki Phase II while work started on the project few years ago.
â€œOur focus right now is the completion of the retirement villa. The project is already 60 per cent completed. What we need now is N150 million to complete it,â€ said Fashola.
Fashola added that apart from the villa, the committee is planning to support the state government in the provision of infrastructure in 18 public schools; sponsorship of women in the three senatorial districts for breast cancer and cervical screening to encourage regular test for early detection, among others.
Fashola also spoke on prostitution, calling for the support of churches and mosques leaders to preach against it.
On the national women conference, which would hold at Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotel and Suite, Victoria Island between 15 and 17 November, Fashola said the theme is â€œWomen-How Relevant Are We?â€
She said the conference would be declared open by the Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi and declared closed by the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi
The event will serve as a platform for exchange of ideas on women- related issues, while Governor Babatunde Fashola is the chief host.
The conference also provides avenue for raising funds through fees and donations.