Sunday, October 17, 2021

Ondo First Lady Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu Reaffirms Commitment To Girl Child Education

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Wife of the Ondo State Governor Mrs Betty Anyawu Akeredolu has reaffirmed commitment towards empowering and educating the girl child to enable them rise above all limitations

Speaking at a press briefing to commemorate this year’s International Day of the Girl Child she confirmed that about two thousand girls have been empowered through her personal initiatives since her husband assumed office as governor.

Oluseye Akinwalere reports that

2.2 billion people below the age of 25 do not have access to internet with girls leading with 58 percent globally.

They are harassed and abused online due to lack of education and access to enabling technology.

Little wonder, the theme for this year; Digital Generation, our generation.

The Founder of the Bemore Empowered Initiative, the largest girls-only ICT and solar boot camp in the country who is also the Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyawu Akeredolu said she’s determined to build female technology leaders that will bring development to the country.

According to her, since Bemore initiative programme, targeted at empowering the girl child through instrumentality of technology started some years ago, over N368 million have being invested to sustain the programme.

She added that 912 laptops have been shared so far, with over 1,500 participants trained on digital and solar technology along side other empowerment programmes to ensure that girls are self reliant.

She called for concerted efforts of all concerned citizens to support the vision for societal growth.

She however called on leaders at all spheres not to deny the girl child equal access to quality education and opportunities for development to thrive.

Some of the BEMORE girls expressed joy for being beneficiaries of the programme as they detailed their experiences and how they surmounted challenges that pose as hindrance to the girl child.

Some personalities at the programme including permanent Secretary Ministry of Women Affairs and social development, Mrs Foluke Tunde-Daramola, the First Female President, National Association of Ondo State Students, Mary Ogunga, former chairperson of Okitipupa Local Government Area, Major Alaka among others lauded the initiative and asked for more.

The BEMORE Empowered Initiative has trained 2500 girls in digital and solar technology in 2025.