By Modupe Anthonia, 7th December 2021

As part of the activities marking the end of the year, the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) has conferred the highest award of the organisation on the Executive Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.

The two days event came to its climax at the presentation of the award to the governor at the Cocoa Hall of the Governor’s Office in Akure.

Governor Akeredolu was honoured for his outstanding leadership roles in ensuring women occupy sensitive positions in his government and also for the pivotal roles he has played securitywise in Ondo State.

Speaking at the event, the National President of the NCWS, Pastor Mrs Jumoke Aborode, said the award of honour was in recognition of the Governor’s gender sensitivity and unprecedented inclusion of women in government.

The NCWS president, Pastor Aborode, commended the Governor for the appointment and empowerment of women in his government, saying Mr Governor has made womenfolk in the state proud.

Stating that the Governor has made it possible to have 24 percent of his cabinet member women different from what it used to be in the past.

Pastor Aborode disclosed further that the group was on a 16-day activism for the stoppage of violence against women in the state.

Responding, Governor Akeredolu appreciated the association, saying the various achievement recorded, especially in the areas of women appointment and empowerment, should be attributed to his wife, Chief Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu, who he said has lived her life to pursue gender equality, impact women in entrepreneurship, ICT among others.

Governor Akeredolu appreciated the association for their various contributions to his administration’s progress and promised to do more to ensure gender equality in the state.

He emphasized that his administration has appointed eight women into his cabinet, saying he believes in giving women space to excel.

“Today, we have many Permanent Secretaries that are women. Today, for the first time in the history of the state, the Accountant -General is a woman.

“It is left to you now to talk to the women who are in government to see it as an opportunity to enlarge the coast for other women. They are not there for women but the interest of women must be paramount to their hearts.

Meanwhile, at the NCWS Secretariat on the Monday, 6th of December, gift items were distributed to members across the 18 Local Government Area Councils.

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