At least, 12 governors’ wives, former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloma Mukhtar, and famed lawyer-cum cancer survivor, Ms Adenike Oyetunde, will lead about 1,000 delegates to this year’s Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association’s (OYSOWA) National Women Summit.
A statement by Chairperson of the Planning Committee and wife of Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Bolanle Alli, on Monday, said women rights activists, gender specialists and leadership trainers would converge on Ibadan for the summit entitled: ‘Against all odds.’
She said convener of the summit and the state governor’s wife, Florence Ajimobi, would be the chief hostess of the three-day event, beginning tomorrow.
Alli said the governor’s wife established OYSOWA seven years ago to galvanise wives of elected and appointed state officials into leading the charge for the advancement of women politically and socially, as well as support for the government.
She said the governor’s wife had, also, through various social safety nets, such as Access to Basic Medical Care Foundation (ABC), Ajumose Food Bank, Educate A Rural Child, empowered more than one million citizens of the state.
According to her, 751,000 people across the 351 wards in the state, as well as 6,600 in orphanages, 3,000 widows and 6,000 aged have benefitted from the Ajumose Food Bank alone, while several thousands have enjoyed free medical care.
Alli said, “Some of the issues that have been on OYSOWA front burner include poverty alleviation schemes, appointments, and domestication of laws that prescribe punishments for violence against women and child abuse.
“Since the OYSOWA national summit began seven years ago, more than 10,000 women have been empowered with life-changing business ideas, knowledge and financial support.
“Generally speaking, more than one million citizens of Oyo State, including orphans and the vulnerable, have benefitted from the altruistic gestures of Her Excellency in the past seven years. Many displaced women and children have been sheltered.
“In line with its vision and objectives, OYSOWA has also been involved in laudable projects geared towards improving the lot of the women folk, including advocacy and awareness walk on the rising incidence of domestic violence, rape and cancer.”