Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, the First Lady of Ondo State has called on young girls to build careers in ICT and solar technology.
Mrs Anyanwu-Akeredolu stated this on Tuesday while welcoming members of Flourish Bible Church, Akure led by its General Overseer, Pastor Ibukun Oluwatayo who came in company of Ms. Rebacce M. Huey, an American on a missionary project to Nigera, to acquaint the first lady of her mission.
In his remarks, Pastor Oluwatayo who introduced the missionary, explained the humanarian services of Ms. Huely to better the lives of the less privileged, women and young ones in Nigeria.
The cleric said that the missionary through her MK outreach had outlined some of her planned projects such as: distribution of books to pupils in public schools and giving hope to victims of human trafficking.
He also added that Mrs Huey was interested in empowering local farmers as well as partnering with the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure(FECA).
According to the General Overseer of Flourish Bible Church, the missionary is also interested in partnering with the First Lady on her numerous projects and her visions in achieving a gender balanced and flourishing society.
Similarly, Ms. Rebecca Huey in her remarks lauded the numerous initiatives of Her Excellency, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu.
Huey said that long before dreaming of ever stepping on the shores of Africa she had been following her excellency on her Twitter handle, where she had seen Her Excellency’s numerous projects such as: BEMORE, BRECAN and FOWOSO to mention a few.
She appreciated the First Lady’s mission in transforming young girls and women in the state.
In her response, Mrs. Anyanwu-Akeredolu said that her laudable project,BEMORE, is aimed to impact knowledge through science and technology.
Emphasising the role of ICT in changing the world, she said that more young girls should be encouraged to pick up interest in ICT technology and sciences by creating opportunities for them to excel.
The First Lady noted that the beneficiaries of the project are girls from humble backgrounds who have been taken into technology-driven world especially ICT and solar technology and impacted with other life enhancing skills.
“One of our girls,Tolu Ehimosan, she was one of the girls who participated in BEMORE Summer Bootcamp 2017 went to World Energy conference in Tehran, Iran and came up as 2nd runner up. She is from Okitipupa, a daughter of roadside corn seller. She is currently studying computer engineering at the University of Lagos.
“Another one, Marvelous Jegede, built a solar panel and installed in her house and we are using her project to compete for CNN heroes ” she stated.
She added that no fewer than 750 girls had benefitted so far, promising that addition of 400 young girls would be admitted this year.
“It is pitiable that most of our young girls are unaware of the digital world and consequently sidelined because their parents do not have wherewithal to provide them with computers or laptops that will create access to this new world.
“That is why I created BEMORE so that our young girls can have interest in Science , Mathematics and ICT, and this is third year of the project. We are training them to go to areas considered as men’s world and these girls are doing great and amazingly.
“They are also educated on breast health. In fact they are advocates of breast cancer awareness,”she said.
The wife of the state governor said that training and empowering women is tantamount to nation building.
The First Lady appreciated Ms. Huey and her foundation for being one of her followers on her Twitter handle and being abreast of all her laudable projects in the state.
She noted amazing and immense contributions of social media to the world, bridging thousands of miles thereby bringing people together where they can connect easily, affordably and instantly across the globe.