OVER 150 women in Okitipupa
Local Government Area of Ondo
State have been empowered by
the wife of the governor, Mrs
Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, as
part of activities marking the
present administration’s 100
days in office.
Addressing the women
at the weekend who were
randomly selected for the free
empowerment training, at the
local government secretariat,
Okitipupa, Akeredolu’s wife said
the programme is in collaboration
with “Make Me Elegant”, a nongovernmental
organisation that
is ready to support the office of
the first lady towards making life
better for women and children
in Ondo State, particularly
unemployed and vulnerable
ones.
The first lady urged the women
to use the skills acquired to
achieve financial independence,
adding that the extended training
on how to make shoes, bags, hair,
wigs and many others will assist
them towards attaining better
societal status and financial life.
Whilst presenting certificates to
the participants, she maintained
that empowering a woman is
synonymous to empowering a
nation, noting that it will enhance
financial stability in the family.
She also encouraged the
women to be aware of the
dangers of breast cancer and
carry out regular medical checkup,
stressing that it does not kill
if detected on time and it is not
spiritually inclined.
The first lady maintained that
anything unusual about the
breast should be reported for
medical attention such as lump,
discharge from the nipples
among others.
She implored them to join the
Breast Cancer Association of
Nigeria as their own contribution
to fight the scourge, as it can be
defeated in unity.
Speaking with journalists, the
Caretaker Chairman, Okitipupa
Local Government, Mrs.
Morenike Alaka, noted that the
skills acquisition programme
will change the lifestyle of the
women, improve their financial
standing, make them self-reliant
and ensure they utilise their
creativity for the development
of the society, even though they
are not educated, skilled and well
placed on the social ladder.
Reacting, some of the
beneficiaries, Miss Bimpe
Ayesan and Miss Blessing
Kekere, appreciated the wife of
the governor for providing an
opportunity for them to develop
their skills.
They maintained that the
training will help them to become
self-reliant.


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