The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu yesterday received the prestigious Ondo State Female Role Model Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution at the 5th Ondo State Female Role Model award – an event put together in conjunction with Heros International Magazine.
In her remark, Mrs Akeredolu thanked the organizers of the programme for finding her worthy of the award while also acknowledging the need for women to rise up and be a part of the decision making processes in the country.
Arabinrin Akeredolu who stressed that there is equality in gender charged parents to ensure that in the course of bringing up their children, chores are equally decided so that the boys will later in life appreciate the advancement of women.
“As women, we must ask ourselves questions. We also need to change the mindset of the society about women. It is unfortunate that up till now when a woman tries to take a lead, somebody will ask her to sit down”, she added while challenging women to rise up and be part of the processes of developing the nation.
The climax of the event was the award ceremony and the investiture of Mrs Akeredolu as the matron of Heroes Award.
Earlier, the guest lecturer, Dr Jeff-Agboola Yemisi, while lauding efforts of women in nation building affirmed that the time has come when Nigeria as a country should have a female president.
Applauding the numerous works embarked upon by the Arabinrin Akeredolu, she noted that such a position is well deserved by Ondo State First Lady.
She also used the opportunity to urge women to join politics so that they can lend their voice to the development of the country.
Also in attendance was the SSG, Ondo State, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde, Hon. Commissioner for Regional and Urban Development, Prince Solagbade Amodeni, the Hon. Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Saka Ogunleye, the Chairman APC, Ondo State, Engr. Ade Adetimehin amongst others.
Other Awardees for the night include the Wife of the SSG, Mrs Jumoke Abegunde, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Lola Fagbemi, Chairman Akure South Local Government, Hon. Mrs Margaret Atere, Chairman, Okitipupa Local Government, Mrs Morenika Alaka, Ondo First Female Pilot, Olamide Akinfolarin, president customary court, Ondo State, Justice Folasade Aguda to mention few.