All plans are on top-gear for the staging of the 2nd FOWOSO summit, slated to take place at the International Event Centre, DOME, Igbatoro road Akure, Ondo State between 4th-5th December 2019.
The event which is being organized by the wife of Ondo state Governor, Mrs. Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu, through the Foundation For Wives Of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO), draws its theme on “Prioritizing Women’s Health and Wellbeing In Nigeria” for this year celebration.
Mrs. Akeredolu whose numerous giant strides in service to humanity and breast cancer awareness, has received commendation from prestigious authorities across the nation, is also known for being a backbone to her husband’s administration, whose vision is to further empower women in the state, implement gender balanced policies and other issues that could aid in the development of the state.
Mrs. Akeredolu For her commitment towards women and girl child empowerment in the society, was described as the first point of contact on issues concerning women and children by the honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Dame Pauline Tallen, during her visit to Ondo state for the 19th National Women Council Meeting.
Before her emergence as the First Lady, she has been an agitator of gender equity and other issues concerning women. She is known for human capital building, which is the core value of FOWOSO initiative. In the past two years, she has effected lives in numerous ways through her empowerment packed programme.
In 2018, Mrs. Akeredolu created employment for rural women with little or no means of livelihood by distributing grinding machines, Hair drying machines, Sewing machines, Refrigerators, and Generators to them so that they can earn a living and take care of their families.
Also, she prepares the girls child towards becoming a better and resourceful women tomorrow in the society through her life changing programme, BEMORE initiative a platform that empowers the girl child in the state and trains them to be more for their families and the society at large.
The consequent BEMORE Summer BootCamp has witnessed her excellency disbursing Hybrid laptop computers to secondary school girls. So far, over 1000 girls has been trained in ICT, Solar energy technology and skills acquisition. All is geared towards ensuring that every girl child in Ondo State and beyond becomes productive.
As a breast cancer survivor, the first lady engaged in the business of breast cancer awareness creation, where she teaches women on the need for early dictation while providing free cancer screening, preventive therapy, palliative care and succor for women living with breast or cervical cancer through the Breast Cancer Association Of Nigeria (BRECAN) which she is a founding member. And all these have helped a lot of women.
This year Summit, is said to focus on women’s health and wellbeing in Nigeria. With keynotes to be delivered by opinion leaders, women advocates, accomplished entrepreneurs and career oriented men and women on carefully selected topics on issues that affect the women folk in empowerment and self-actualization in Ondo State.
According to the Special Assistant to the wife of Ondo state governor on media, Miss Oluwatobi Fademi, the anniversary is designed to educate and sensitize women on the essence of good living and measures to forestall health challenges to the safety and wellbeing of their loved ones.
She also noted that, the anniversary will avail the members of the foundation the opportunity to evaluate the effort of the initiative in refining the potential of the state women in the past two years and driving women towards self-actualization.
The summit is part of the efforts to continually empower women in Ondo State and strategically prepare them to be involve in governance. Since Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s led administrative is determined to run an inclusive governance while ensuring gender equality in policy making. Fademi noted.
The founder and convener of the summit Mrs. Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu alongside other dignitaries will at the summit intimate, encourage and empower women on the salient needs required of them towards building a healthier home for their own benefit and the society.
Mrs. Akeredolu, also promised that the summit will create empowerment opportunities and value reorientation, in the biggest form and that participants would go home with fresh ideas that will create lasting impact.
Highlights of the event will include, FOWOSO raffle draw with mouthwatering prizes, PZ sponsored cooking and dancing competitions, Crawlers race competition and off course the breast cancer awareness dance, ‘SEKEM’
Dignitaries expected to grace the occasion are; father of the day, the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, his counterpart Kwara State Governor and his wife, Alhaji and Mrs Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof Modupe Adelabu. The Chief Executive Officer, Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, Olugbo of Ugbo Land and his wife, Oba Fredrick Akinruntan Obateru,
Off course, top government functionaries, women advocates and other important personalities. Miss Fademi noted.
The event exhibition stand attracts N20,000 for SME’s and N50,000 for corporate. While the early birds are to pay N15,000 and N45,000 respectively till November 26.

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