The First Lady of Oyo State, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, has commended the founder of Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative, LAEI, a Non-Government Organisation, Dr. Ama Onyerinma for her support for the less privilege and the vulnerable, especially women and children.
She spoke at the Gala and Award Night ceremony held at the MUSON Centre, Onikan Lagos, as some distinguished personalities were presented with awards of recognition.
Mrs Ajimobi, who was presented with the Founder’s Award, frowned at the various degrees the havoc and culture of silence has caused on the female folk, and advocated for education, which she says would liberate the women and especially, the girl child. She said a lot of women had been battered, humiliated, violated and even died due to unfair treatments, and commended the group for its effort to empower and enlighten women in across the country. Mrs. Ajimobi, advised the group not relent in its efforts in chosen area of endeavours, but also urged the them to continue with empowerment, community development, social facilities to the needy and vulnerable. She said: “I dedicated this award to the strong and focus women of Oyo State who have struggled night and day to achieve success regardless of the obstacles they face.”
In her keynote address, the Founder/Executive Director of Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative, LAEI, Dr. Ama Onyerinma, said the dearth of a social system alleviate financial and social stresses forces people to consider other survival alternatives thereby putting their lives and well-being at risk.
She sited the Libyan migrants slave as an example, saying this modern day slavery, which including human trafficking is the third lucrative international crime, while in Nigeria, the victim are generally women, children particular girls from the rural area.
According to Dr. Ama: “’Poverty, illiteracy, cultural biases against women and girls, as well as unemployment and many other social ills result in a heightened level of Nigeria being caught in this abyss.
Education, jobs, employment, social welfare system, health, security are essential as when not available people revert to their natural basic instinct of survival.”
She concluded that the aforementioned must be addressed quickly otherwise the current employment crisis faced by disenfranchised generation will be further exacerbated.