Wife of the Governor of Ondo State, Chief (Mrs) Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has harped on the need to appreciate the roles women play in the society and accord them more respect.
Mrs Akeredolu said this on Tuesday while speaking at the palace of Alaaye of Aaye kingdom during her courtesy visit to Aaye community in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The First Lady, who was recieved by the Regent of Aaye kingdom, HRH, Princess Taiwo Oyebola Agbona, said: “There was a time when women were really respected and truly appreciated for the roles they play in the society. But we have allowed certain abberations and discriminations to alter that standard.
“I am very much fascinated by the fact that we have young women at the helms of affairs in their kingdoms, ruling their various kingdoms in this modern time. It shows that women are indeed capable of delivering leadership roles. They should therefore be appreciated and respected for the great roles they are playing and not to be discriminated against.”
In his welcome address on behalf of Aaye community, the Oshodi of Aaye kingdom, High Chief Adebayo Olatunji Samuel, described the First Lady as a woman of many parts, saying she has impacted so well on the lives of the people of Ondo State through her various initiatives.
Oshodi, who thanked the First Lady for her love and cares for Aaye community said the kingdom has adopted her as a daughter.