The First Lady of Ondo State, Mrs Betty Anyanwu – Akeredolu has appealed to Ondo State women to take their health issues seriously, listen to health lectures and regularly attend medical check ups in order to improve their health and make themselves more useful for the society.
She stated this at the 17th Forum for Wives of Ondo State Officials and Female Appointees (FOWOSO) Empowerment Outreach held at Oke Agbe in Akoko North West local government area of Ondo State.
She said one of the focal agendas of the FOWOSO programme is improving the health of women and enlightening them about breast cancer, stating that the Medical Team of FOWOSO are always on ground to carry out medical check on women and children of the local governments visited.
Arabirin stressed the value of good health for proper societal functionality, noting that the FOWOSO medical team has helped increase the health of women free of charge, coupled with adequate lectures on health issues, including breast cancer.
She said FOWOSO is a structure to reach women in all nooks and crannies of the State, knowing that they have a role to play in the socio-economic development of their communities and Nigeria in general.
The first lady has decried the overtime neglect of women in the society, observing that it has adversely affected its development.
Her Excellency maintained that there’s need to empower the women with knowledge, so that they can be aware of happenings around them.
According to her, the empowerment of FOWOSO can enable women make immediate monetary values through the training of the women on different skills which will help improve the income of their family, resolve marital clashes which is mostly caused by financial difficulty; adding that the result of their business promotes happiness and strengthens family bond.
Speaking earlier, the Owage of Oke Agbe, who also spoke on behalf of other kings in Okeagbe, Oba Alexander Sanuolu Jimoh, said the 17th FOWOSO empowerment outreach held at Okeagbe is a signal that the dividends of democracy is at the doorstep of the people of the state.
He prayed for the success of the present administration, while calling for the attentions of the government in rehabilitating Oke Agbe – Ikare road.
Also speaking the Wife of the former Chairman of the local government, Mrs. Tope Ajayi, noted that the policy and goal of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) remains a veritable instrument for transformation and saving the lives of helpless women in the society.
Mrs. Ajayi appreciated the FOWOSO Mama for helping the women to acquire skills and consequently empowering them, which has made Ondo State women self reliance and more useful to the society.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Clara Ologun and Folake Jimoh, lauded the wife of the Governor for the projects, empowerment programmes and skill acquisition, pledging that they will judiciously make use of the items and start up kits given to them.