By Oluwatobi Omosalewa Fademi
The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu today restated the need for women to understand the importance of healthy life as they represent a vibrant force in the economic development of a nation.
Arabirin Akeredolu made the assertion when she led other members of the Forum Of Wives Of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO) to the palace of Olufon of Ifon, HRM Oba Adegoke Adeusi (JP) on a courtesy visit, during the 8th FOWOSO empowerment outreach at Ose LGA, to ntimate him on the mission of FOWOSO.
According to Arabirin Akeredolu who is a 21 year breast cancer survivor, there is a need to continue to create awareness among women about breast cancer as it is a medical condition which is not a death sentence if detected early.
Mrs. Akeredolu who noted that her Non Governmental Organization, the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) has been in the forefront galvanizing actions against cancer urged women to visit the hospital if they detect any strange lump in their breast.
On the mission of FOWOSO, Mrs. Akeredolu stressed that the forum is a platform for women in privileged positions giving helping-hand to other women who are not so privileged in the communities so that they can also have a head start in life.
“We have also noted that nobody is useless. You are only useless when you don’t have opportunity so, FOWOSO decided to create opportunity for women regardless of who they are or where they are from. We may not be able to cover everybody but this is an indication that we really mean what we say that women should and must play a role in the social economic development of the society.
In his remark, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adetunji Oluwole l lauded the efforts of Mrs. Akeredolu noting that since assumption into office, she has been going about doing good.
Oba Adegoke Adeusi l (JP)who further endorsed the good work being done by BRECAN also used the opportunity to thank Mrs. Akeredolu for changing the lives of rural women across the state as many men cannot fend for their families alone.
“I have heard so much about the activities of BRECAN. What you have been doing since assumption of your husband into office is simply to go about doing good – that summarizes everything one can say about you. You are not just empowering these women but you are also equipping them”, he added.
The highpoint of the event was the distribution of empowerment kits which include sewing machines, hair dryers, grinding machines among others to the beneficiaries at St Paul Primary School, Ifon, the venue of the programme.
Women and youths that had earlier been trained on different skill areas which include bead, shoes and bag making among others were also empowered and given certificates by the First Lady.
The event also featured medical check -up and as well special ‘sekem dance’ segment where women were taught how to use their three fingers and mirror to do self breast examination.
Others in attendance include the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Hon. Otunba Timehin Adelegbe, HRM, Oba Adetunji Oluwole, the Olute of Ute, HRM Oba S.A. Egunjobi II, the Alafo of Afo, HRM Oba Adeyeoba Owasunloye III, the Arujale Ojima of Okeluse, HRM Oba Moses Ekundayo Bakare III, the Onidogun of Idogun and HRM Obama Babatunde Adeniran (JP), the Onimeri of Imeri kingdom.