Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has described as unquantifiable the training and empowerment of women in the state by the Foundation Of Wives of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO).
The Governor said the activities of the Foundation, particularly in the area of training and empowerment of women across the 18 Local Government Areas of the State, have produced many entrepreneurs.
Governor Akeredolu spoke on Wednesday at the 2nd FOWOSO summit, held at the International Culture and Event Center (DOME), Igbatoro Road, Akure.
Arakunrin Akeredoku, who said he was a bit skeptical about the initiative at the beginning, noted that what the First Lady, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu -Akeredolu has taken women through in the last two years could be best described as a phenomenon.
”The First Lady’s approach is for the betterment of women of Ondo State. What our women have gained with FOWOSO, especially the training is unquantifiable. There are so many women that have been trained on many handiwork. I believe that in your own little ways, FOWOSO has produced entrepreneurs.” Akeredolu stressed.
Speaking on the theme of the summit; ”Prioritising Women’s Health & Well Being In Nigeria”, the Governor said his administration has prioritised the well-being of women in the state.
He said: ”We have prioritized women health and well-being in Ondo State and that was what led to the Abiyamo Maternal and Child Health Scheme which we launched yesterday. All you need to access the free health care for pregnant women is your residency cards. Every child under 5 is entitled to free health care in Ondo State.
”Let me commend the efforts of the Founder of FOWOSO, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu for this laudable initiative geared towards the development of womenfolk in Ondo State.
”This Foundation has, over a period of two years, impacted positively the lives of women in the State. There is no gainsaying the fact, therefore, that FOWOSO is focused in the right direction as Ondo State women are now able to contribute to the growth and sustenance of the economy of the State
”This is made possible through skill acquisition training and empowerment programmes organised for women across the 18 Local Government Areas in the State. ”