COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE TWO-DAY 2nd FOWOSO SUMMIT HELD AT THE INTERNATIONAL CULTURE AND EVENT CENTRE (THE DOME) AND THE ARCADE, IGBATORO ROAD, AKURE ON WEDNESDAY, 4th AND THURSDAY 5th DECEMBER, 2019

INTRODUCTION
The Foundation for Wives of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO) organised a two-day Summit with the theme: ”Prioritising Women’s Health and Well Being in Nigeria” to mark its second year Anniversary of driving gender equality and improving family health and well-being through women and youth empowerment projects and health awareness activities.

The two-day event which had about 5000 participants in attendance, comprised lecture session, as well as Award/Fund Raising and Gala night, (Day 1),while Day 2 featured March Parade, Raffle draw, FOWOSO Calendar Launch, Couple Dressing,Cooking and Old People Dance Competitions.

The lecture session was attended by notable personalities including His Excellency, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN – The Governor of Ondo State; His Excellency Hon. Agboola Ajayi, The Deputy Governor, Ondo State; Her Excellency Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu- Akeredolu, Wife of Ondo State Governor; Her Excellency Prof. (Mrs.) Modupe Adelabu, Former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State; Her Excellency Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola, Wife of Osun State Governor; Her Excellency Erelu Bisi Fayemi, Wife of Ekiti State Governor; Members of the State Executive Council; high ranking government officials from the State and Federal levels, delegates from neighbouring states and the 18 local government areas, the academia, Traditional Rulers, Oloris, NGOs, CSOs, corporate organisations and the general public.

In her welcome address, the Chairman, 2nd FOWOSO Planning Committee, Mrs. Mercy Femi – ldris, commended the initiative of the Founder of FOWOSO and charged participants to be fully attentive throughout the Summit.
The Chairman of the plenary session, Professor Modupe Adelabu in her remarks lauded the initiative of Her Excellency and enjoined participants to be attentive so as to have useful takeaways from the session.
The Founder, FOWOSO, and Wife of Governor, Her Excellency Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu- Akeredolu, in her keynote address noted that a large number of women had been empowered through FOWOSO.

She noted with statistical evidence that United Arab Emirates and China had invested heavily in their women and they are the better for it. She enjoined Ondo State and Nigeria to follow suit. She used the occasion to urge women to be breast self aware for early detection and prompt treatment to avoid needless deaths from breast cancer. She noted that through FOWOSO, women had acquired skills like make-up/tying gele, shoemaking and leather works, bead making, soap making, while many had received laptops, sewing machines, grinding machines and hairdryers. She added that FOWOSO had supported the following-
* Breast cancer awareness
* Protection against rape/defilement
* Self-defence mechanism for girls/women (e.g. taekwondo)
* Curbing the alarming rate of maternal mortality
* Capacity building for women to create value change
* Accelerated Birth Registration plus (ABR+) to aid fiscal planning.

She enjoined women to embrace team spirit and affirmed women would succeed with the support from men who are “He forShe”.

In the remarks of Mr. Governor, he noted women had been taken through the best experience in the last two years through skills training and empowerment across the 18 local government areas. He charged women to come together to ensure the emergence of a female President in Nigeria in no distant future.

Arakunrin stated that women’s health was being prioritized in Ondo state through the Health Insurance Scheme (Abiyamo) and the Resident Card (Kaadi Igbeayo) being given to access free healthcare for every child under 5 years, including the construction of mother and child hospitals in the state. Arakunrin congratulated FOWOSO for its second summit and assured them of the state government’s support at all times.
Thereafter was the Symposium which was facilitated by Professor Helen Ogunsuyi, Dept, of Chemistry, FUTA, with seven speakers delving on the theme of the Summit-
Dr. Mrs. Banke Oluwafemi (Mother and Child Hospital) – Crawlers Race Competition, Experience and Lessons learnt; Dr. Olalekan Olasehinde – Breast Cancer, Detection, Treatment and Myths; Dr. Elizabeth Oloruntoba – Women Hygiene and a healthy household; Mrs. Opeyemi Adunni Akindele -Etiquette and Values of Modern in Africa; Ms Brave Ogidan – Healthy Living through Physical Exercise; Mrs. Osilaja Morenike – Good Food for Good Health; Mrs. Oluwatosin Oladipupo- Female Genital Mutilation’ A Form of Sexual Gender Based Violence.

At the end of the session it was resolved as follows –
* Women should raise their voices during elections, and support themselves for elective positions.
* Women should support themselves to ensure the emergence of a female President in Nigeria.
* Women should make it a point of duty to attend antenatal clinic during pregnancy for healthy babies.
* Women should maintain personal hygiene to avoid the transfer of diseases within the family and the society;
All hands must be on deck to eradicate open defecation.
* Women should embrace daily exercise and creative activities to promote healthy living.
* Women should consume balanced diet every day.
* Women should inculcate acceptable moral values and etiquette.
* Female Genital Mutilation should be discouraged since it is a form of Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
* Women should present themselves for regular medical checkup especially for breast cancer as early detection and treatment enhance survival.
* Fathers should be more supportive in the upbringing of their children, to promote family bonding.
* Parents should manage conflict, support one another to ensure unity in the family.

Signed:

Mrs Titi Adeyemi
Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development,
Ondo State.

Her Excellency,

Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu -Akeredolu

First Lady of Ondo State and Founder, FOWOSO