Wednesday, December 22, 2021


The  Federation of Muslim Women's Associations in Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter has stepped up its efforts towards promoting development in the larger society, especially in the post COVID-19  era as it recently held her annual state Congress focusing on the role of Muslim Women in Development.

The event  with the theme
" Towards Inclusive Development In the Post Covid-19 Era: Prospects, Challenges and the Roles of Muslim Women In Africa tagged Ijebu 2021 was  held between the 16th-19th December,2021.

It had members of the Association from the  four zones of Ogun State including, Remo, Ijebu, Yewa and Egba in attendance even as it commenced with  sensitization on COVID-19 protocol as well as general health status of members after a special prayers with the complete recitation of the Holy Qur'an was rendered.

Part of the objectives of the conference was to ensure peace and stability  in the Nation.

The Chairman of the occasion, Otunba Jimi Lawal, in his welcome address, praised FOMWAN for their immense contribution in propagating Islam and activities of the  womenfolks in general. 

He recommended that FOMWAN should intensify her efforts by focusing more on Educating Muslim children, most especially the less privilege as well as do more in the area of women empowerment.

The Chairman  promised to assist in the area of the Muslim female students wearing hijabs where necessary.

In her welcome address, Alhaja Kudirat Yeni Rabiu the Amirah of FOMWAN,Ogun state and the chief Hostess stated the achievement of OgunFomwan within her three and a half years tenure in the area of women and youth empowerment.

Part of her achievements  is the sending of 27members to attend 'a two day' training course on mainstream Shari'a Intelligence in collaboration with IET at Professor Balogun institute of Islamic and Arabic Center,Abeokuta; scholarship for Muslim pupils and students and distribution of hijabs to female youths; Free distribution of nose covers to members and market women; visitation and gifts to  orphanages and Correctional  centers and the building of mosque in collaboration with other sisters organization in the area of community and humanitarian development.

She also mentioned some of the  challenges being  encountered  by the organization while calling for assistance of the  well meaning individuals in the society.

In a Keynote address Professor Sheriffdeen Tella of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Abeokuta 
highlighted how COVID-19 started, its effects and ways by which the society  can bring out opportunities for economic development.

 He concluded by advising that FOMWAN should encourage members and others to intensify effort in the use of Nose Masks and Hand sanitizers.

The second lecture was delivered by Dr.Oyesanya Sodiq, a lecturer at  the Tai Solarin University of Education, (TASUED who 
stated that the people mostly affected by the  Pandemic were the Women, the Children and the Youth.

 He equally enumerated challenges faced by women before Islam and emphasized that Islam is the only religion that advocated inclusive development and rights of women which ends women slavery. 

He refered the gathering to Qur'an 29v9 and concluded that Seeking for knowledge is the identified  panacea.

Other guest lecturers are Alhaja O M Oloko Director,Ministry of Education, Mrs Sekinat Lasisi of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago lwoye.

Awards were thereafter given to three best performing local government while scholarship and grants were also given to the women.

FOMWAN  health team were on ground and people have the opportunity to check their sugar leve and bood pressure,while the 
Medical team from State hospital were also  on ground.

Other dignitaries at the occasion include,  Professor Lasu Gbadamosi, the Royal Father of the occasion,HRH Oba Adedotun Odunneye Odusanya ,Olu of Odoselu Alaro, and the Chief Imam of Odosenlu Alaro Central Mosque who  led the spiritual fathers.

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