Initiator of the Foundation for Wives of Ondo State Officials and Female Political Appointees (FOWOSO), Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has expressed happiness at the successes of the organization, saying that the initiative has come to stay.
She therefore urged women in the state to key into the initiative more so when it makes the wellbeing and empowerment of women its main goal.
The Ondo First lady was speaking on Thursday at the Arcade Ground on Igbatoro Road, Akure, venue of the grand finale of the 4th summit of FOWOSO.
Mrs. Akeredolu expressed her profound gratitude to individuals who had been supportive of the foundation.
According to her, with the generous donations from Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and his Rivers counterpart, Nyesom Wike, the foundation was sure of hosting its 5th summit at its own facility next year.
She stated that FOWOSO was geared towards promoting the socioeconomic advancement of women in the state and urged all women in the state to key into the “novel initiative that emphasizes that women matter”.
In her speech, the First Lady of Lagos state Dr. Mrs. Claudiana Sanwolu , congratulated Mrs. Akeredolu for the success of the summit and the achievements recorded by FOWOSO in empowering women in the state.
Dr. Claudiana Sanwolu who spoke through Mrs. Busola Akosile also applauded her Ondo counterpart for championing women participation in politics, stressing that her efforts had elicited the interest of many women to vie for elective positions.
She also submitted that Mrs. Akeredolu’s advocacy has helped to increase the number of women appointed into political positions.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, lauded the Ondo First Lady for championing the advancement of the girl-child through her BeMore Initiative.
Adeleye, who is also the Special Adviser to Ondo State Governor on Security Matters, described BeMore as a nursery bed for the future leaders of FOWOSO.
According to him, the summit was a platform to educate, enlighten and sensitize stakeholders on individuals’ roles toward accelerating the attainment of the idea of equal opportunities for women and girls.
Highlights of the grand finale was a raffle draw which saw to the women from the 18 local government areas of the state smile home with sewing machines, grinding machines, hair dryers, bags of rice, generators and kitchen utensils.
The event also featured exhibition of products made by graduands of the recent FOWOSO-powered Ondo State Skills Acquisition and Empowerment programme; elderly women dance competition and couples competition.