Ondo’s First Lady pledges support for Aaye Regent
By Maria Famakinwa
Wife of the Ondo State governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has assured of her commitment to make the reign of the Regent of Aaye in Ifedore local government area bring socio-political development to the community being a vibrant and intelligent young lady.
Mrs Akeredolu who said this during a meeting with the people of the community noted that she is ready to form alliances with the Regent by attracting global attention to the community under her leadership with the motive of convincing the public that a woman can make things work as the head.
She publicly adopted the Regent as a daughter, saying the responsibility before her is enormous and therefore assured of her 100% support to ensure that Aaye community is a template of development for other communities in the state.
“We are going to use this community to demonstrate that where a woman is in the decision table, things go well. We are going to address the challenges of the community holistically including youth empowerment and to also include the young girls in the BEMORE programme.
“We want to know the population of Aaye, what they will like to do to get money for the family maintenance, to lobby ministry of education to build secondary school for the community.
“We are also interested in the health of the people living in the community. Getting these relevant information will make implementation easy”.
Responding, the Regent, Princess Taiwo Agbona described Mrs. Akeredolu as a woman of great value and commended her for all the human development programmes she initiated in the state, especially on women-related matters.
She solicited the support of the state government to rehabilitate the road leading to the community, noting that the bad condition of the road hinders the residents, who are mostly farmers to transport their produce to market.
The Regent also enjoined the government to construct a modern market in the community where their women would find convenient to use.
Earlier speaking on behalf of the community, Chief Emmanuel Agbona described Mrs. Akeredolu as the first wife of the state governor to visit the community since the days of their forefathers.
“Your coming to Aaye is highly appreciated despite your tight schedule. This shows the level of your commitment and concern to the people who are not in the urban centre,” he said.
The caretaker chairman of Ifedore local government, Mr Alex Oladimeji thanked Mrs. Akeredolu for the visit and her commitment to develop the community.
He therefore assured that the community will continue to support the Akeredolu-led administration.
Highlights of the event included, distribution of Solayo kits and Vitamins to the pregnant women and children between age 0-5.