The wife of the Ondo state Governor, Arabirin Betty Anyanwu – Akeredolu has revealed that the Forum for wives of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO) will be launched on Thursday, 7th December, 2017.
In a press release from the secretary of the forum, Daniyan Temitope, the inauguration of the body, which will have Betty Akeredolu as the chief host will come up at the Moshood Abiola Democracy Park Akure, the Ondo state capital. The event is scheduled to begin by 10:00 am and is expected to attract many personalities, including Yahaya Bello and Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, governors of Kogi State and Ondo states.
According to the release, the wives of the ex-governors of Ondo state, which includes Grace Onyearugbulem, Adetutu Adefarati, Funke Agagu as well as Oluwakemi Mimiko would be mothers of the day.
Also traditional rulers from the three Senatorial districts of the state which includes His Royal Majesty Oba Alhaji Saliu Akadiri Momoh, the Olukare of Ikare, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, the Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom as well as the Deji of Akure, His Royal Majesty Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi are expected to grace the event.
Giving reason why FOWOSO was set up, the current first lady said. “I have always been saying it that we all have to (do) more and that includes all spheres of life. I need you to take this message back to your local government so that our women can have a sense of what we are doing.
“Our job is to take care of the softer sides of government. That is not to say our husbands are not doing enough, in fact, they are overwhelmed in the face of dwindling federal allocation. If we get it right, everybody will feel the impact of governance. We are the ones the society is looking upon to take care of some of these issues,” she stressed.
Arabinrin Akeredolu also used the opportunity to educate other FOWOSO members on the importance of good nutrition and immunization among others, emphasizing that the time has come for women to assert themselves in all spheres of decision making in the country.
“I tell you, it is somebody that is well that can do stuffs; if your child or husband is sick, you won’t be able to do anything. That goes to show how critical our health is to national development. Nutrition is connected to our health,” she said.