By Ameer Obansa, Lokoja
In a bid to transform the narrative of girl-child education and enhance the living standard among women in Oranre community of Yagba East LGA, the Secretary to Kogi State Government, Mrs. Folashade Arike Ayoade recently led a group of prominent men and women within and outside the state capital who saw the need for them to rise up to the defense of the girl child especially within their communities.
The occasion which took place at Oranre, Yagba East Local Government Area was Women’s Day celebration by members of the South-East Yagba Development Association (SEYDA) while affording the group the opportunity to raise N50 million Educational Endowment Fund.
In her opening remark, Mrs. Folashade noted that the annual celebration serves as a platform as well as an avenue for Oranre women from far and near to celebrate themselves, socialize, relieve themselves from the tension of work in the cities, rub minds on key issues affecting the development of girl-child in the community as well as provide solution to the immediate needs of women in the community.
She further assured that Governor Yahaya Bello’s government was poised towards the wellbeing of its citizens with special emphasis on girl child education.
Earlier in her remark, the women leader and president of South-East Yagba Development Association (SEYDA), women wing, Mrs. Ebun Joel described SEYDA as a voluntary, non-political, non-religious, non-governmental and non-profit group.
According to her, they rather preferring to see it more as a socio-cultural group that is made up of all interested women in the district either by birth or by marriage.
While appreciating the royal fathers, grand patrons and members of the community for their unflinching support towards the growth and development of women in the community, she used the opportunity to appeal to the state government among other things to help hasten the work on the bad roads in Yagba, enhance security across the community, as well as support in turning around the fortunes of the educational sector of the community.
In his goodwill message, chairman, South-East Yagba Development Association, Ambassador, Sola Enikanolaiye noted that the occasion was significant for creating a platform for projecting the unity, vision and strong commitment of the women to the advancement of peace and development agenda of the East -Yagba (Oke-Oyi) district.
He added that the occasion was also a reflection of the collective will of the womenfolk to take the lead in the promotion of education as an instrument of social transformation of the community with particular emphasis on the girl-child and the less privileged.
Highlight of the occasion was the launch of the N50 million educational endowment funds, health walk, a lecture delivered by Mrs. F.G Fagbemi with the theme: “Be independent, Get empowered”, cultural dance, and presentation of investiture certificate to some notable sons and daughters of SEYDA amongst others.
Among those that graced the event are, Member, Kogi State House of Assembly, Lokoja, Hon. Musa Jimoh Omiata, General Manager of Graphic Newspaper, Mr. Dayo Thomas, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Bolanle Amupitan Chief Sunmonu Asani (Grand Patron SEYDA/SEYDAW),
Others are, Metron SEYDAW, Barr. V.F. Awomolo (SAN), Chairman of South East Yagba SEYDA, Amb. Sola Enikanolaiye, The Yeye Oba of Ogbom, Olori M. B. Orebiyi (Mother of the day),President, SEYDAW/Women Leader, Chief Ebunolomo Joel (JP), Hon. Kelechi Ajayi, Alh. Isiaq Ajibola, Mrs. Olamide Adesoro, Hon. Toba Adebayo and among others.
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