Oyo State First Lady, Engr. Tamunominini Olufunke Makinde, has on Wednesday promised women an empowerment scheme that will cut across all the geo-political zones in the State.
Wife of the Oyo State Governor, who made the disclosure yesterday during the meeting with the women leaders in all the 33 Local Government Area of the State, in her Office situated at Agodi Ibadan, declared that the program, is in line with the commitment of the Oyo State government under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde, to empower women and give them a new lease of life.
She stated that declared that she would knock on every door to ensure that the women of Oyo state secure financial support and empowerment in a way that will not impose on them any financial constraint.
“I want you to know that the present administration has the interest of women at heart because as I said, women play a vital role in society.
“We have been talking to a number of financial institutions, very reputable ones. They promised to get back to us shortly with programs that will be beneficial to our women. We are mindful of the harmful effects of loan schemes like ‘gbomule lantern,’ which place the livelihood of many women in jeopardy, so we are instituting programs with a human face,” she said.
Mrs. Makinde further said: “Empowerment programs will soon be rolled out by the government, which all women will benefit from. Also, we are working to collaborate with banks, corporate bodies, and other sponsors.”
She added that her office will collaborate with the state government to make life better for the womenfolk.
“For the empowerment program for the widows and the road you suggested in some markets, by God’s grace, we will rub minds together, invite Iyaloja and market women, see what you have, and when something comes in, we will channel it to you.
“For the support, you have given to your home, by the virtue of my office, I will give to you whatever that is due and I pray that God will make us move forward. My sisters and mothers, be rest assured that this government will not let you down.” Engr. Makinde stressed.
In their separate responses, the Ekerin Iyaloja of Ibadanland, Sango Market, Chief (Mrs.) Borode Omotayo and Iyaloja of Apata Market, Alhaja Wulemotu Olaosebikan, commended Mrs. Makinde and the state government on the distribution of palliatives to market women.
They added that market women and the womenfolk in the state were happy to hear of the planned empowerment program and that they were looking forward to its commencement.