By Ayodele Abere
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has described women as indispensable instruments of change in making positive social change if given the opportunity in their chosen professions.
Speaking on Tuesday in Akure, Ondo State capital at the first summit of Forum of Wives of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO), Fayemi said majority of “irreversible social change agents” are women who carry “the burden of success of a man”.
The Governor stated that the society is replete with women who are “active change agents” that can make a difference in governance and other spheres of human endeavours.
While noting that there are few women in the governance Structure in Ondo State, Fayemi called for more women participation in governance.
Fayemi who commended the wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs Bethy Anyawu-Akeredolu for initiating the Forum said this would help to promote gender empowerment and social development in the State.
Earlier in her welcome address, Mrs Anyawu-Akeredolu stated that women under the platform have impacted the lives of thousands of Ondo State women within one year through skill acquisition, empowerment and health awareness programmes.
The governor’s wife added that the forum had provoked a social change for the protection of members of the forum are proving to the world that women can drive economic growth in any nation; adding that the support of a number of men who believe in the ability of women will maximize their potential.