By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The empowerment of women has been described as a strong key to the social, political and economic development of society.
The wife of Osun State Governor, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola pointed this out during the grand finale of a 3-day Empowerment Programme organized by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs in collaboration with Make Mee Elegant Foundation in celebration of the 61st birthday of the wife of the state governor.
While speaking at the event, Mrs. Oyetola commended the Ministry of Women Affairs, for organising a unique empowerment programme to celebrate her.
She advised the participants to make sure they “make good use of the skills acquired and knowledge garnered to better their lives.
She encouraged the beneficiaries not to squander their business capital for any other domestic purpose as this is the only way to prosper in business.
In her welcome address, the Commissioner, Women, Children and Social Affairs, Barr. Olubukola Olaboopo affirmed that the aim of the programme was to give succor to women and support their struggle.
According to her, “we discovered that a large number of women are living within the poverty bracket and as government, we felt that we should go beyond giving this women cash which they are most likely going to squander. This is the reason why we have decided to teach them how to fish”.
She added that a financial institution had also enlightened the women on how they can access soft loan at zero interest to kick start their businesses.
Speaking further, Mrs Olaboopo said “we also brought ICT specialist to educate beneficiaries on the usefulness of smart phones and how they can start a business on their phones without renting a shop all this we have done to ensure that Osun women can be self-reliant.
The commissioner also used the opportunity to identify some of the various efforts of the wife of the governor to support women in the state such as the establishment of Gender-Based Management Committee to tackle all Violence Against Women, distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITN), campaign against open defecation, distribution of seedlings to female famers, disbursement of loans to women among other helpful interventions.
In their separate goodwill messages, the Chairperson, Osun State House of Assembly Committee on Women Affairs, Alhaja Mulikat Abiola and Chairperson, House Committee on Health, Adenike Abioye explained that women play vital roles in the society, most importantly during elections hence they should be given chance to contribute their quota by voting and being voted for.
Present at the epoch-making event were Osun State APC Women Leader, Alhaja Kudiart Fakokunde, SSA on Women Affairs Mrs Bola Jimoh, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs, Mrs Omolara Ajayi, Directors in the ministry, among others.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of certificates of participation to the participants.