In a momentous gathering, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the First Lady of Lagos State, expressed her admiration for the pioneering work of August24news.com, an online news portal, commending them for their extensive historical research and groundbreaking initiative. During her remarks at the event, she underlined the significance of their work, emphasizing that it serves as a compelling reminder to all Nigerians that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a globally acclaimed leader recognized for his exceptional contributions to politics, particularly in empowering women.
Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu asserted that President Tinubu has played a pivotal role in promoting and uplifting women in politics more than any other politician in Nigeria. She lauded the efforts of the August24news team and offered her valuable advice. She urged them to compile their frame concept into a book, highlighting the invaluable contributions of President Tinubu to the empowerment of women in politics, which would serve as an enduring resource for future generations.
Speaking with the press following the presentation, Mr. Ajagbe Adeyemi Teslim, the Publisher of August24news.com and the visionary behind the concept, revealed that he began compiling the list during President Bola Tinubu’s tenure as Governor of Lagos State. He emphasized the transformative opportunities created for women in the state to elevate them above the common standard in Lagos politics.
Mr. Teslim expressed profound gratitude to Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu for not only receiving and endorsing the frame project but also for blessing it. He further revealed that the frame would be presented to a distinguished list of female dignitaries in Lagos State, which includes former and current Ministers, Deputy Governors, Senators, Federal House of Representatives members, House of Assembly members, Commissioners, Special Advisers, Council Chairpersons, Board Appointees, Captains of industries, Business Executives, and many others.
The notable personalities featured in the frame include Senator Oluremi Tinubu (OON), Former First Lady of Lagos State and three-term senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as well as the current First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Chief. Mrs. Sarah Adebisi Sosan, Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State and Commissioner for Education, H.E. Chief. Mrs. Adejoke Orelope Adefulure, Former Deputy Governor of Lagos and Special Adviser to President Muhammad Buhari on SDGs, Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State and incumbent Senator, Chief (Mrs) Idiat Adebule Oluranti, Chief. Mrs. Sherifat Folashade Jaji, Secretary to Lagos State Government, and Hon. Mrs Bimbo Salu-Hundeyin, current Secretary to the State Government.
Other distinguished women featured in the frame include Hon. Kafilat Ogbara, Member Federal House of Representatives, Kosofe Constituency, Hon. Mrs. Jumoke Okoya Thomas, former Member of the Federal House of Representatives and the incumbent Lagos APC Woman Leader, Hon. Mrs. Monsunmola Sangodara, member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Surulere constituency ll, and Hon. Mrs. Lasbat Mojisola Miranda, Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Apapa Constituency I.
Commenting on this pioneering project, Mrs. Maureen Chigbo, the National President of Guild of Corporate Online Publisher (GOCOP) and Publisher of Realnews Magazine, commended the professionalism and creativity of the August24news.com team, highlighting the important role they play in promoting women’s empowerment.
Dr. Yinka Alausa (USA), the Founder of OmoAlausa Foundation, also shared his appreciation for the initiative, describing it as laudable. He noted that the presentation serves as a powerful reminder and expression of gratitude for the immense contributions of women in governance and the welfare of the people. Dr. Alausa anticipated that other publishers might take inspiration from August24news.com’s concept, especially after their previous commendable presentation of a frame to the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, during his 56th birthday celebration.