By Onyeukwu-Rowland Iheloghara
Satisfied with the number of political appointments given to women in Ondo State under the Akeredolu led administration, wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has scored Governor Akeredolu above average for ensuring gender equality in his appointments as the world marks international women’s day.
Speaking at the Girls’ Summit organized by her Be More Empowered foundation in partnership with Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to mark 2018 International Women’s Day, Mrs Akeredolu recalled that two weeks after the inauguration of Governor Akeredolu, she led a delegation of women stakeholders to the office of Mr Governor to submit a letter titled: Plea for an increased women participation in your administration” which according to her yielded positive results.
According to Mrs Akeredolu “You would recall specifically on the 8th of March 2017, I led women from Non Governmental organizations NGOs, Female Political leaders, Professionals, Interest Groups and other stakeholders to the office of Mr Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN to submit a letter titled: “Plea for an increased women participation in your administration.
It is imperative that at exactly one year after, we must look back and see how far we have fared.
Ladies and gentlemen, it my joy to inform you that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has indeed took the unprecedented step by appointing over 52 women into various political office across Ondo state and I have faith that more are still coming.”
The Sunshine First Lady enumerated some of the key appointments given to women in the State to include; Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Omowumi Olatunji-Edet, Commissioner for local Government and Chieftiancy Affairs, Hon. Lola Fagbemi, Osopadec Commissioner, Hon.Renike Joks, Special Adviser on Education, Dr Olawumi Ilawole, Special Adviser on Public Inter governmental Relations, Mrs Bonnie Ademosu, Senior Special Assistant on Women Affairs, Mrs Titi Adeyemi, Numerous Special Assistants.
Others are Caretaker Chairman of Okitipupa LGA, Mrs Morenike Onunkun Alaka, Caretaker Chairman of Akure South LGA, Comrade Margret Atere. Executive Chairman SUBEB, Mrs Oladunni Odu,
Executive Chairman, Ondo State Rural water supply and Sanitation Agency, Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju.
Ondo First Lady described lnternational Women’s Day as a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
Over 5000 participants which include private and public School Students were in attendance.
The Summit with the theme press for progress, featured lectures on The Role of Education in the Development of Girl Child, Sanitation and Menstrual hygiene, War against abuse on Girls, Illegal lmmigration and modern Slavery and the rising incidence of Teenage Pregnancy in Ondo State: the way out.