Oyo State first lady, Engr. Mrs. Tamunominini Olufunke Makinde and the Chairperson of the University of Ibadan Women Society (UIWS), Mrs. Wumi Olayinka, also the wife of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan are set to collaborate with the aims of empowering women and also fight gender-based violent to a standstill.
This was gathered after Mrs. Wumi Olayinka, paid a courtesy visit to Her Excellency, Engr. Olufunke Makinde in her office at Agodi Ibadan on Monday, where the First Lady stated that there is a need to promote women empowerment and emancipation as an avenue for engendering peaceful coexistence in the society.
A statement that was made by the Office of the Wife of the Governor of Oyo State Mrs. Makinde, stated that the office has been working assiduously to end rape and gender-based violence in the state.
Mrs. Makinde through the statement indicated that the Office has been adopting proactive measures while putting in place the right structures to prevent the occurrence of negative/anti-women vices.
The statement indicated that some of the core values of the UIWS include its focus on the empowerment of women and exploration of the value change in agro-impact products through training in areas such as planting, preservation, processing, marketing, and fund-sourcing.
Mrs. Makinde also commended the association for the work it has been doing in the area of women empowerment, and the campaign against gender-based violence, adding that the government of Oyo State under the leadership of her husband would be willing to work with the association, especially in the area of empowering rural women.
She equally granted an express approval to the request by the UIWS to name after her a female hostel built by the Society within the campus of the University of Ibadan.
According to the statement, Mrs. Makinde gave the express approval to demonstrate her readiness and openness to “anything that can advance the cause of the womenfolk in Oyo State,” adding that her office and the state government would always be ready to work with all interests to advance the cause of women in the state.
She said: “Two things that you mentioned that I really like; empowering women and securing something that in the future will also be an avenue for empowering more women.
I believe you must have thought about this because of your exposure and knowledge. I want to say thank you for that approach and that step.
“Looking at the University of Ibadan Women Society and all the structures they have put in place to make sure that no matter how small it is, they are able to give empowerment to women, this is highly commendable.
In her response, the Chairperson of the University of Ibadan Women Society, Mrs. Olayinka told the First Lady that the Society had at a time was seeking ways of partnering with the Office of the Wife of the Oyo State Governor on agro-impact projects and empowerment initiatives to enhance the social status of women and youths in the state.