Ondo trains 3,000 girls in ICT, solar system
Ondo First Lady, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu
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The wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has disclosed that over 3,000 school girls had been empowered to be self-reliant through vocational training during holidays.
She said the girls were trained in Information and Communication Technology and solar-powered systems in the last six years.
Mrs Akeredolu stated this during the closing ceremony of the 2023 Bemore Summer Booth Camp for girls in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Saturday. The girls were camped and trained for two weeks.
She expressed the need to use education as a weapon for empowerment, thereby changing “the crafted helpless mentality in the girl child early”, stating that educating the girl child should be a priority in every society that desires to see a change and a developed economy.
The Ondo First Lady also explained that the initiative has placed the girls in a vantage position and gives them opportunities that most girls do not have around the world.
He said, ” Over the years, we have built incredible talents in solar technology, ICT and nurtured a culture of entrepreneurial adventure. And as we build, we give them out as bricks for building a virile, fair and gender-balanced society
“Having built over 3,000 vibrant young women who are making waves on different fronts around the world, it is only ideal to build for these geniuses a place they all can call a home; a befitting edifice where the generations of Bemore girls would freely meet, interact and make things happen.”
She called on well-meaning Nigerians and organisations to support the initiative as it embarks on a project to build a befitting edifice for the training and building of girl-child.
Speaking, the acting Governor of the state, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, commended Mrs Akeredolu for the initiative. He urged the girls to use the knowledge acquired during the two weeks of training to make a difference in the world.
Ayedatiwa said “The transformation has not only fortified you to aim higher, you are also sufficiently empowered to own your future. We rejoice with you over this huge turning point in your lives; your voice must be heard louder and you must go out to represent your gender creditably in all facets of life.
“What you have been offered here is a world-class opportunity that can stand you side by side with your contemporaries across the globe. Never again must you succumb to gender discrimination, religious/cultural biases, inferiority complex and other forms of gender stereotypes.
“This intensive training must be nurturing to your willpower to put into practice all that you have learnt and gained during this period”
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