As part of pre-activities for the forthcoming 4th Summit of the Foundation for Wives of Ondo State Officials and Female Political Appointees (FOWOSO), the Founder and First Lady of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, on Monday presented a brand new HP Laptop to young Eniola Adams to support his computer business.
Presenting the laptop to him in her office at Alagbaka Government house ground, Mrs. Akeredolu said the gesture was to prove that FOWOSO’s focus wasn’t on women alone, but youth inclusive.
She hinted that, Eniola approached her for an assistance via WhatsApp for a laptop to boost his computer business at Ekiti State University, and she didn’t hesitate to approve it and make it part of pre-activities for FOWOSO Summit.
“Dont disappoint us, we know your location and we will monitor you, by next summit we will want to hear that you’ve even expanded your business. I make this presentation for you to expand your business, and also to demonstrate that Nigerian youths are not lazy”. She said.
Responding to the gesture, he appreciated Her Excellency for being a passionate mother, and affirmed that the laptop would take his business to the next level.
The FOWOSO Founder, thereafter, led members of the Foundation to Imafon Community where they were received at the Palace of the Olumafon, Oba Adegbehingbe Aliu.
The visit was prompted by the long-time yearning of the Olumafon for the state government to take over the community Grammar School, which he solely established in order to encourage education in the community.
Addressing the First Lady, Oba Adegbehingbe, the Atonlusi 1 of Imafon, informed Her Excellency how he established the school due to the distance of the community to Alagbaka Grammar School which is the nearest public secondary school to them.
He explained that he had been responsible for employment of teachers and provision of infrastructure, despite the fact that he had notified the then government in 2013 about the challenge they’re facing, but no approval from government.
He narrated how he couldn’t further his education due to the fact that his late father didn’t place much value on education coupled with the non-availability of school buildings, which made him determined not to allow other children of the community suffer such fate.
According to him, due to the challenge impeding the effectiveness and growth of the school, some parents had started withdrawing their children back to farm, a development he was sad about; hence, the reason he pleaded with the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Gender Research and Documentation, Mrs. Temitope Daniyan to help inform the First Lady, knowing she’s a promoter of education.
Responding, Mrs. Akeredolu assured the monarch that the school would be approved.
She lamented the state of the school despite that the community was part of the state capital metropolis, saying “I don’t think it is good enough..whatever is not good enough, we will try to make it good “.
The FOWOSO Founder, who expressed her interest in promoting education in children most importantly, noted that the whole essence of education is to see children becoming responsible citizens, to climb the social ladder, and improve the lot of their families.
She assured that her coming to the community would be memorable, and charged the students to be serious with education while encouraging the volunteer teachers not to give up.
She informed the monarch about the Summit, saying: “in the spirit of FOWOSO, this is the period that we organise Summit for the benefit of Ondo State women to expand their horizons, our women are coming and will leave better Informed”.
She hinted that no fewer than 7,000 women would be given goodies bag during the Summit, and she shared a portion of the goodies bags in the Palace and for the teachers.
Mrs Akeredolu applauded Mrs Daniyan for taking it upon herself to facilitate support for the community, saying ” If not for her own sense of development, by following my footstep such thing will not bother her”.
Special Assistant to the Governor on Media (Office of the First Lady)
Dec. 5, 2022