Ondo State House of Assembly has charged the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to come up with innovative ideas that will impact positively on the vulnerable women and youths at the grassroots.
The house committee on Women Affairs and Social Development while giving the charge during a visit to the ministry in Akure, noted that the responsibilities carried by women are enormous ,hence the need to always support them.
Correspondent, Otobot Jim, reports that the committee also visited the State Christian and Muslim Welfare Boards.
The Chairman of the committee, Favour Tomomewo while stressing the need for the ministry to create a formidable platform and share workable ideas with civil society organisations, said the stability of a woman symbolises that of the family as well as the society.
She explained that the responsibilities of the ministry is enormous, hence, it must be proactive to ensure that vulnurable women and the less privileged are not subjected to second class citizens.
She however, commended the wife of the governor Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu for her role in the VAP act law, saying it reduces abuse on not only women but the entire citizens.
Other members of the committee advised the ministry to do more in digitising all the activities of the ministry for people to be well informed.
Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Funke Daramola informed the committee that the present administration has taken the welfare of women in the state as a priority and deals with issues concerning gender, children, the less privileged, people with disabilities and the aged.
At the Christian Welfare Board, the Secretary, Mr. Tunde Ilesanmi briefed the committee on the achievements, activities and challenges.
According to him,the state had embarked on holy pilgrimage to Jordan with self sponsored pilgrims this year
and that the journey was successful with a stop over at Cairo, Egypt.
He also said the monthly prayer and fasting programme across Christen body is still ongoing.
The chairman, Muslim Welfare Board, Alhaji Adam Zakirilahi who commended the committee for its visit, said the board had been embarking on hajj as and when due.
He craved for the support of the lawmakers for effective service delivery.