To effectively combat vices that have impeded the nation’s progress, women must play key roles and divest their efforts for Nigeria to achieve greatness.
Senator representing Lagos Central, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, gave this admonition while speaking at the inaugural lecture of the National Union of Lagos Students (NULASS) held at the Faculty of Education of the University of Lagos. She spoke on the theme ‘Students as panacea in the emerging new Nigeria’.
Tinubu, who said the quest for a better Nigeria would only be achieved if women willingly aspire for elective positions, added that women must be part of the country’s policymakers if bad policies that encouraged vices and corruption must be changed.
She said: “Power is never served a la carte; you have to fight for it. I have said this during political campaign. I want women to aspire for elective positions, because that is where we can change bad policies. Of all the eight women in the last National Assembly, I am the only one who returned. It is very disheartening and sad.
“How are we going to stand for women? I don’t think I see that possibility. More women should flood the National Assembly and areas where they can make decisions, so that we can lead this country to the Eldorado we want.”
Tinubu noted that education remains vital to the growth of the nation, stressing that the country would face a dangerous future if the leaders fail to educate the youth. She said government must invest hugely in education, noting that the past administrations’ efforts were not enough to stabilise the education system.
The former Lagos First Lady said she was proud of the Lagos students for their foresight and their thought on issues affecting the wellbeing of the nation, adding that students have a key role to play in nation building.