Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has called on his fellow governors and other political office holders in the country to be wary of sycophants around them.
Obaseki, spoke as special guest of honour at the opening of the 18th National Women Conference of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), at Eko Hotel, Lagos.
The governor stressed on the importance of nuclear family which, he said, plays a great role in the life of every leader.
This, he said, helps them in knowing the reality because most people around will only tell them what they want to hear.
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He said only the remarks made by the family members would reveal the truth on the feelings of the residents and the reality in town.
“When wife, children and husband get together and linked to where daddy or father works and earns his daily bread, it serves as another opportunity to interact and get another perspective of what is going on around the state.
“It is very easy when you are in government, particularly at the top that people will tell you only what you want to hear, and not what is happening. Everybody says Your Excellency, Your Excellency and they tell you want you want to hear.
“It is only the family, your wife and the children who will say Daddy or Mummy it is not true. This is what was said in the bus today. So, this conference is a powerful network that you have created and lots of us from other states are quite envious of that.”
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, commended the COWLSO for building many homes and tackling challenges of marriages through empowerment of women.
He assured his administration will continue to prioritise issues that concern women.
COWLSO Chairman, Bolanle Ambode, urged women to always be supportive to their husbands and continue to play roles that demonstrate how important they are to the progress of the country.
“Women in Nigeria are no different from others, particularly in Lagos State that is setting the pace.
“When we come together and collaborate either in governments, establishments, privately-owned businesses or non-governmental organisations, whatever we tend to achieve would be beneficial to all.
We have the unique ability of looking at problems and coming with solutions that will transform lives and make the world a better place,” she said.