By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Government has restated its commitment towards the promotion and development of the girl-child, to ensure more women in the State achieved their potentials.
The Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele made this known in Abeokuta, during the investiture of Dr. Mrs. Taiwo Alakija-Aroyeun, as the third Chairperson of the Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria (SWAN) and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Abeokuta chapter.
Salako-Oyedele, represented by the State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe said the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration has been supporting the development of the girl-child, through the implementation of impactful policies and programmes, stressing that the present administration was concerned about gender-balance.
“The present Government is determined to ensure gender-balance, and this has been demonstrated through the appointment of women into sensitive offices. It is on record that Ogun is the only State in the South West, with a female Deputy Governor,” she said.
Speaking earlier, the 56th ICAN President, Dame Onome Adewuyi, who was conferred with the Eminent Personality Award, said gender equality is crucial to the inclusive development of any nation, calling on the Governor to engage more female chartered accountants at both executive and legislative arms of government.
Also speaking, Dr. (Mrs.) Alakija-Aroyeun said the Society would give priority to improvement of membership drive and welfare, initiate different entrepreneurship programmes, implement scholarship scheme to indigent students, among others.
Delivering her lecture on “Gender Inequality”, The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Prof. Bolanle Akeredolu-Ale said gender inequality still exists in different forms globally, stating that factors like lack of access to education, unequal opportunities, cultural and religious factors were some of the causes of gender-imbalance.
Akeredolu-Ale pointed out the need for girl-child to access basic education, availability of economic and political opportunities for women and increase in empowerment, and many others.
Award winners at the event include, Ogun State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe, who was honoured as a Patron of the body, ICAN President, Dame Onome Adewuyi was presented with the eminent Personality Award, Deaconess Abike Solanke as a Patron and Mrs. Oyebola Oyekunle, who got the Pillar of Support Award.
Also, three Accounting students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Memunat Alaran, Yetunde Adefolusi and Aishat Mustapha won the 2021 SWAN indigent scholarship award