Fifty in April, the First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Abimbola Fashola, comes across as plain-spoken and down-to-earth. Exuding a calm aura, her disarming smiles were never in short supply while the chat lasted. Without airs, she mingled effectively while she commissioned and inspected a block of seven classrooms at
Hope Primary School, Ikoyi, built by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials and furnished by the MTN Foundation, last Monday.
The incumbent chairman of COWLSO, a community-based gender
organisation, Mrs. Fashola is passionate about the humanitarian services being rendered and discussed it with an unusual excitement. “I chair a committee of women made up of about 200 of us .Our focus is to touch the lives of fellow women. We aspire to empower and ensure every woman can earn a living. At our annual conferences, we do not only solicit for funds from ministries, government and corporate bodies, we also levy ourselves. We help women who are affected by breast and cervical cancer by paying for their treatment among other humanitarian services.”