Wife of the Ondo State governor, Betty Anyanwu- Akeredolu, on Saturday distributed 368 laptops to ‘techy girls’ at the closing ceremony marking the end of the two weeks training of the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp.
Betty Anyanwu- Akeredolu, speaking at the event, held at the Federal University of Technology, (FUTA) Akure, said “the BEMORE initiative started in 2017 with a 2-weeks intensive training for girls on ICT, Renewable Solar Energy, Skill acquisition and life skills among others”.
The wife of the governor who noted that over 2,000 girls have benefited till date, stressed that it was indeed the beginning of a new life for the 368 girls whose lives have been reshaped and re- orientated to continue to change the narratives in their respective communities.
Akeredolu who said she was aware of gender imbalances in all strata noted that the greatest error has been unequal access of girls to quality education and upholding cultural norms that discriminate against women.
“Now we are wondering why insecurity is becoming more popular in Nigeria by the day; it’s simple! A country that allows proliferation of sexist family laws, unequal property rights, early marriage for girls, patrilocal marriage, polygamy, son preference, violence against women and legal indulgence of it; such country is almost certain to experience violent instability. If indeed we are concerned about the prosperity and security of this country called Nigeria, we must begin to invest in our girls.
She said, “I am building an army of female technology leaders to serve Nigeria and solve Nigerian problems.
“They will not become professionals for export, good only for sending back dollars to parents and relatives “tufiakwa”.
“We have instilled a sense of patriotism. They will become “a breed without greed” in words and deeds. They will use their talents, knowledge and skills to serve Nigeria not the Western world”, she reaffirmed just as she charged them to work so hard, believing in themselves to make her proud.
The Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu while appreciating the initiative, urged the girls to become change agents wherever they find themselves as women are daily taking the lead, adding that they must build upon the foundation that has been laid.
Akeredolu said that he will ensure that BEMORE gets a permanent camp in the state as a citizen driven initiative.
The Special Guest of Honour, Ogbnnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, represented by Yemi Gbadegesin in his remarks, assured of his readiness to partner BEMORE initiative through sustainability plan to ensure that note grounds are covered.