A former Special Adviser to the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and former member of the 8th Nation Assembly , Hon. Kolawole Babatunde has congratulated the First Lady and Wife of the State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu on the conferment of the ‘Woman of the Year 2021 Award’ by the African Women Industrialization Award (AWIA), held on Monday, 8th March, 2021.
Arabinrin Akeredolu, is a renowned aquacultures and Founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) and BEMORE Empowered Initiative led other accomplished women to the grand event earlier on Monday in Ikeja, Lagos where she was conferred with the prestigious award of excellence for her roles in promoting entrepreneurial and leadership skills amongst the womenfolk.
Pix: Hon Kolawole.
The award which is sponsored by the Women Empowerment for Leadership and Longevity Cooperation (WELLCO). The Award is part of the activities for the 2021 edition of the International Women Day celebration.
The Award is designed to showcase astonishing and impactful women of great accomplishment. Hon. Kolawole Babatunde expresses his joy that the activities of Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu in promoting the Nigerian women have continue to gain local and international recognition.
Hon. Kolawole Babatunde says through formation of BRECAN in 1997, the Ondo State First Lady has been raising awareness about breast cancer through robust advocacy as well as providing moral and financial support for victims of the dreaded scourge.
He added that today, BRECAN has been engaging in an aggressive campaign awareness of breast cancer in Nigeria. BRECAN has carved an niche for itself in the international community.
Hon. Kolawole Babatunde noted that in recent time, BRECAN’s offices have become advocacy centers for breast and cervical cancer; which entails raising awareness, screening, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, fundraising to support treatment and data collection for collaborative research.
Hon. Kolawole Babatunde also commends the First Lady on the activities of the BEMORE Empowered Foundation (BEMORE), another initiative of Her Excellency to empower women and help them attain their maximum potentials by engendering self-awareness among women, girls and equipping them to fight feminized poverty.
The former member of the State Executive Council said through the BEMORE Empowered Academy more than 1,000 young girls have received training in vocational skills and on diverse life-enhancing themes such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) which focuses on basic renewable energy modules (solar panel construction and installation) and the Information and Communication Technology training deals with basic computer appreciation, coding, gaming as well as health and environment and taekwondo for self-defense.
Hon. Kolawole Babatunde equally commends the recipient of the ‘Woman of the Year 2021 Award’ for the training of public schools’ Counsellors in the state as part of her efforts in tackling the increasing rate of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Ondo State, especially among vulnerable young girls.
He said as people saddled with the responsibility of encouraging and motivating students, the Counsellors have critical role to play in the fight against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.
Hon. Kolawole Babatunde describes the First Lady as a very agile, compassionate, highly innovative, exceptionally gifted and an unassuming personality who has been greatly complementing the efforts of the government in safeguarding the lives of the citizenry by ensuring healthy living for the people particularly the less privileged.
He particularly commended the Wife of the State Governor for yesterday’s free distribution of Safe Delivery Kits (Solayo) to about 10,000 indegent pregnant women across all the eighteen local government areas of the state as part of activities lined up to commemorate this year’s International Women Day celebration.
He said the latest award will no doubt spur Arabinrin Akeredolu to do more for humanity.