I’ll partner FUTA to train female students on ICT – Mrs. Akeredolu
By Mary Agidi
The wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has disclosed her readiness to partner with the Federal University of Technology, Akure to train female students on Information Communication Technology and Solar power.
She is championing the training under her non-governmental Organisation, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu Foundation, BAAF, in a bid to provide solution to the epileptic power supply in Nigeria.
Mrs. Akeredolu made this known when she visited the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology of FUTA, to seek collaboration with the management of the institution.
According to her, the training would focus on two areas that were of utmost importance to this digital age, which are ICT and renewable energy, solar in particular.
Explaining the reason behind her decision, she emphasised the need to change the archaic tradition that limited female child to study certain courses in the university, while others were assumed to be for male students alone.
She said, “This is a digital age and no one should be left behind, regardless of your gender. In the field of ICT, we have just a sprinkle of women, and to change the narrative, we must tell the young ones that they can do it”.
Mrs. Akeredolu bemoaned the low percentage of women’s contribution in the economic and the industrial landscape of the nation, as a result of the old assumption that some educational courses were not suitable for women.
The BAAF founder disclosed that she was determined to provide solutions to energy problems in Nigeria through renewable energy, as a result of her experience with power supply when she ventured into fish farming.
She emphasised that the purpose of the partnership isto sustain the programme, noting that FUTA was capable of making solar energy affordable, so as to reduce usage of fuel which had contributed to the climate change.
She noted that her determination to change the narrative about womenfolk by training the young girls that would contribute to the development of the nation and their immediate environment birthed the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp for Girls Naija.
This gesture, she said, was a new dimension of empowerment digression from the usual distribution of equipment which First Ladies in Nigeria were used to.
The Dean of the faculty, Prof. Aremu Akintunde, assured of the readiness of the institution to provide necessary and needed resources for the training, including human, saying FUTA had enough facility to achieve the dream of the First Lady.
He stated that the proposed training would go a long way in achieving the goal of the institution, ‘Technology for Self-Reliance’, while thanking Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, for the TechHub he put place for the institution.