The First Lady of Ondo State Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu -Akeredolu today led other members of the Forum for Wives of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO)on the eleventh empowerment outreach to Idanre Local Government area, where empowerment kits like grinding machines, hair dryers, sewing manchines and laptops among others were distributed to women and youths of the area.
Speaking at the event which took place at Plot in Anglican Grammar School, Idanre Mrs. Akeredolu while explaining the reason for initiating FOWOSO, stressed that the time has come for women to become productive helpmates to their husbands and the society at large.
Mrs. Akeredolu who restated that FOWOSO, as a group is poised to provide opportunities for the less privileged as part of efforts to contribute to the socio economic development of the state, however challenged members of the forum to continue to be approachable partners in their various constituents.
“We as wives of political office holders must do our best to help in the socio-economic development of the State from the women angle even as our husbands are busy implementing progressive policies that would better the lives of the people.
“We have realized that as women, we are more approachable to the people in our constituencies and that is because of our nature as mothers.
“Our goal is to make every woman productive through skill acquisition so that they can contribute meaningfully to their homes and the society at large she added.
The wife of the Governor also observed that the youths are not left out in the empowerment hence the distribution of Laptops to them.
Also speaking at the event was the State Commissioner for information, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi who lauded Mrs Akeredolu for FOWOSO initiative while encouraging the women of the area to make the best out of The opportunity.
He further noted that the Empowerment program will help to liberate women from the chains of non-contribution to national development.
Earlier in his remarks during a courtesy call to the palace, the Owa of Idanre, ably represented by Sir High Chief Odunwo Adetuyi, thanked the first Lady for bringing FOWOSO to Idanre women and also pledged his support for other programs of Her Excellency.
The climax of the event was the presentation of certificate to participants who had earlier been trained on beads making, shoe making, bag making, soap making, beautification among others by the Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu. Laptops were also distributed to some youths of the area.