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We’ve empowered 3,600 women, trained 1,031 in 3 years – Mrs Akeredolu



Wife of Ondo Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, on Wednesday, disclosed that over 3,600 women have been empowered through Ondo State Officials and Female Appointees (FOWOSO)

Mrs Akeredolu, while reeling out the achievements of her office as part of activities marking Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu’s third anniversary in office, said that the foundation had also trained 1,031 girls in ICT and solar energy in the last three years.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that Mrs Akeredolu had, in Nov. 2017, created FOWOSO, with the sole aim of empowering women to become more influential at the grassroots levels in order to ensure that the impact of good governance in rural areas.

She said that between 2017 and 2018, a total of 1,800 women were trained in the production of household items, 255 on manufacturing of wigs, while 346 women received training in bead making.

“Another 706 women were trained in makeover, while a total of 493 women received training in shoe making across the 18 council areas, with thousands of start-up kits provided for the beneficiaries of the skill acquisition training.

“Besides, no fewer than 158 youths received brand new laptops for various purposes.

“A minimum of 3,600 women received training on breast self-examination during the FOWOSO medical intervention, while several others received free medical services,” she said.

The governor’s wife also disclosed that over 1,031 young girls were trained in ICT and Solar technology and empowered under the BEMORE Summer Boot Camp 4Girls in Naija, an initiative brought together to empower the female folk.

“From 2017 till date, 1,031 girl children from remote communities in Nigeria have been opportune to be part of an intensive annual two-week summer boot camp, where they were trained in ICT and renewable energy.

“Since 2017, the BEMORE-empowered initiative has been at the front of promoting gender inclusiveness within the ICT and renewable energy space by providing hands-on training in computer appreciation, coding, web and app designing and solar PV installation.

“The BEMORE-empowered initiative has also risen to become Nigeria’s one-stop shop for young girls willing to take up career within the ICT and renewable energy space.

“The initiative has grown and attracted the attention of notable global players, including the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo (NAE),” she noted.

The first lady stressed that the data collected showed that almost half (45 percent) of the girls who participated in the 2018 BEMORE Summer Boot camp had no access to computer.

She also said that 62.8 percent of the girls, who participated in the boot camp, had access to internet, with 91 percent of those with access using the internet, at least once a week.

Mrs Akeredolu added that the proportion of girls, who were confident of being well-knowledgeable in ICT before the summer boot camp training was 23 percent, pointing out that the figure had moved to 82 percent at the end of the camp.

“This indicates that there was a 257 percent increase in the proportion of girls who were confident that they were well-knowledgeable in ICT at the end of the summer boot camp.

According to her, the roles of women in nation building cannot be overemphasized, especially going by the contemporary definition of sustainable development.

The governor’s wife noted that most developed countries like the United States and Canada understood this and had consequently taken deliberate steps towards incorporating women for active roles in government.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and ‘Wale Sadeeq


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