By Maria Famakinwa
The wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has said the BEMORE initiative has not only covered incredible mileage in the last six years but also extended its frontiers and continued to break new grounds.
Mrs Akeredolu stated this at the official opening ceremony of the 2023 BEMORE Boot Camp.
She noted that the beneficiaries of the initiatives in the past have proven that it is possible to change trajectory of life for good and also move ahead to become change agents within the two weeks training in the camp.
According to her, BEMORE was conceptualized in 2017 to close the widened gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Entrepreneurship (STEM+E) by empowering young Nigerian girls in critical areas of science and technology while creating opportunities to help them improve on their lives and make meaningful contribution to the socio-economic development of their respective communities.
While noting that the initiative yearly affords the opportunity to impact new set of sterling young Nigerian girls, Mrs. Akeredolu said in the last six eventful years, BEMORE have had five outstanding editions of Bemore boot camps, with great successes.
Declaring the camp open, the Acting Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa while acknowledging the challenges and discrimination faced by young girls across Africa, applauded Mrs. Akeredolu for taking a bold and practical step to stem the tide.
He also noted that BEMORE initiative has changed the narrative of girl-child across Nigeria, congratulated those who made it to the camp saying they were indeed lucky to have a kind hearted mother who through her ingenuity founded the boot camp to empower 21st century Nigerian girls and womenfolk in general.
He also applauded Mr. Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for always supporting the initiative as a gender sensitive leader.