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BEMORE girls share experiences, laud Mrs. Akeredolu’s initiative
  • Aug 17, 2019

The joy of the 2019 class of BEMORE girls knows no bound as they have been exposed to so many opportunities that would make them change the narrative about woman as a weak, second class creature.

It is now the sixth day of the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp in Ondo State, the brain project of the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, and the girls have started testifying to the knowledge and skills they have acquired so far.


During a tour to the BEMORE training camp earlier today, some of the girls who shared their experiences with this writer, said they never knew that the programme was such a life-changing one, as some of them confessed about their lack of basic computer knowledge prior to the Summer Bootcamp programme.

On her part, Nancy Orisamoluwa who is a returnee, affirmed that she had been equipped with skills that would enable her attain maximum potential, and be self-employed. ” I have gained a lot of things like how to make solar for chargers, make-up, I learned how to operate computer better; last year we were taught how to do solar panel, and this year they are teaching us how to install it on a roof”, she narrates.

Folakemi Wale-Suuru, a fresher, who is already an undergraduate, said, “When I got here, I was first discouraged and upset that why did my mother bring me here? But as time goes on, I discovered that no knowledge is lost, because there are many things we were taught here that even from my 100level to 300level in the university, I have not heard anything about them”.

A BEMORE Ambassador, Christianah Madufe Chukwu, said she has been introduced to a wide knowledge of technology in terms of computer programming, installation of mini-grid solar panel. “last year, I went into cake-baking, this year I’m into shoe-making, and we were being taught how to make sanitary pad this year, new things are being introduced yearly”, she said.

Another new BEMORE girl, Ajenifuja Janet described her experience as awesome, stating that she has been empowered with skills like making needle works, operating computer. ” I can now make sanitary pads for myself”, she affirmed.

Mrs. Akeredolu who was at the camp today to see how the girls are faring, in terms of welfare and learning performance, said some hidden talents have been discovered among them.


” I ate their lunch to be sure that they are well fed, and the food is well-balanced. I am also an executive learner learning how to play violin; I just had my lesson. We are gradually building BEMORE orchestral, in the nearest future, our girls would be playing different instruments”, She said.

The BEMORE initiator who always take part in the early morning exercise with the girls, described the programme as a ground for grooming talents, a university of life full with endless opportunities.

She noted that by the time the girls complete the training, they would BE MORE than the assumption of the society about women folk.

The SeedDev programme manager for middle-east Africa, the official technical partner of the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp facilitating ICT training for the girls, Mr. Boaz Olajuwon noted that the world is in the era of digitalisation, and that digital skill is an important key to unlock unending opportunities.


The SeedDev officer who was caught at the middle of coordinating ICT training session at the BEMORE camp, noted that the ICT training was designed to fully equip them with digital skill to put them in right position them for the future.

The BEMORE Chief Matron, Mrs. Adefunke Akpan disclosed that the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp initiative is spreading wide as she has been receiving feedback from outside the state.

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Akeredolu gets National ID, promises support for continuous registration
  • Aug 16, 2019

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has called for effective synergy between the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Immigration in order to ease the problem associated with obtaining International Passports.

Akeredolu, who stressed the importance of the National Identity Card, said his administration would continue to give necessary support and assistance to the commission in the ongoing registration exercise.

He assured that spaces would be provided at the Local Government secretariats across the state for the continuous registration and capturing of citizens into the National Identity card database for the speedy issuance of the card to people of the state.

The governor spoke while being presented with his National Identity Card, in his office, Alagbaka, Akure, by the Director General, National Identity Management Commission and Chief Enrollment Officer of the Country,  Aliyu Aziz.

Akeredolu, who appreciated the commission for fulfilling its promise of presenting his Identity card to him, stressed the importance of the issuance of identity cards to Nigerians in the battle against insecurity.

Speaking earlier while presenting the card to the governor, the Director-General of NIMC,  Aliyu Aziz, said the activation and presentation of the card was a follow-up to the registration of the governor in September 2018.

The Director General, who was represented by the State Coordinator of NIMC, Mr. Akinwale Agbotoba, said the card in a form of smart card is in compliance with global standards, while its applications include carrying out wide range of services in the Nigerian identity ecosystem.

The DG said the card has a chip where individual’s demographic and biometric information are stored in the National Identity database for easy verification purposes and authentication.

He also added that the National Identification Number, NIN, equally embedded in the chip, would be a veritable tool to smash identity theft and acts of terrorism in the country.

While stating that the card has several security features that could prevent being cloned by fraudsters, the NIMC boss said the card also has a payment solution applet that could be used on ATM and POS.

“The card can accommodate in the future, e-Pension, e- Voting, e-Taxation, e-Insurance, e-Health, ” he stressed.

The NIMC DG, however, solicited the support of the Ondo State Government in the areas of sensitization and mobilization of the citizens and residents of the state through the state-owned media organisations.



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I will reposition civil service for higher output – Aragbaiye
  • Aug 16, 2019

The Ondo State Head of Service, Mr Dare Aragbaiye has reiterated his commitment to reposition the state civil service and restore its core values with a view to raising the standard and productivity of civil servants in the state.

Mr Aragbaiye stated this while playing host to members of the state chapter of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM), who paid him  a courtesy visit in his office in Akure.

He said he would not leave any stone unturned to enhance the efficiency of the civil service for prompt and proper implementation of government policies and programmes.

The HOS called on all associations, unions, organizations and stakeholders within and outside the state civil service to support him in reorganizing the civil service for optimum service delivery.

“The present administration relies on the civil service to attract the confidence of the general public, therefore, it should be reformed to enhance better relationship between the government and its people,” he said.

Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of the Institute, Mr Igbekele Jatuwase, who congratulated Mr Aragbaiye on his appointment, said it was in recognition of his exemplary qualities which among others include reliability, efficiency, competence and dedication to duty.

Mr Jatuwase appreciated the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for appointing four of their members as Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service, pledging that the institute would continue to support the present administration to achieve its laudable programmes.

He noted that the stance of the HOS to frown at lateness of Civil Servants to office is one of the core values of the civil service which states that “service delivery must be done promptly.”

The Head of Service was decorated as patron of the state branch of CIPM.

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Ondo State Govt disburses N166m loans to traders, artisans
  • Aug 16, 2019

The Ondo State Government, through the Ondo State Micro- Credit Agency, on Thursday disbursed a sum of N166 m as soft loans to members of over 21 groups of traders, artisans and business owners.

Some of the  groups that benefitted  included : Association of Poultry Farmers, Nigeria Union of Tailors , Fish Farmers Association, Ondo State Hairdresser and Cosmetologists Association among others.

At the disbursement of the cheques to the groups, the state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, said the scheme, which was tagged ‘Apalara Micro-Credit Scheme’, was put in place to make fund easily accessible to the people to boost their business and economic activities.

Represented by his wife, Mrs  Betty  Akeredolu, the governor said his administration made the loan accessible to the traders in order to save them from passing through the stringent conditions in  commercial banks.




According to the governor, the current administration in the  state was determined to tackle poverty, banish hunger and create wealth.

He said, “There is no gainsaying the fact that the challenges facing governments of most developing countries, Nigeria inclusive , is that of poverty reduction.

“Our government is fully conscious of this fact and has, therefore, not relented in putting in place various poverty reduction programmes including micro credit loans for the benefit of our people, all aimed at improving their socio- economic well-being to achieve sustainable livelihood.

“I will therefore urged the beneficiaries of this loan to be faithful to its terms and conditions to ensure sustainability of the scheme.”

In her welcome address, the Chairman of the State Micro- Credit Agency, Mrs Kosemani Kolawole, said apart from the traders and artisans, some unemployed youths had also benefitted from the scheme

She commended some beneficiaries who had not default in the repayment of the previous loan after making judicious use of it. She also urged the new beneficiaries to emulate this.

Kolawole said, “ We have identified some unemployed  youths who have been considered, we want more youths to come out and benefit from this scheme, some that have benefitted have started something with the loans and they are doing well in their businesses.”



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Ojogo advocates for the production of Ijaw version in facts for life sensitisation radio programme
  • Aug 16, 2019

Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, has advocated the production of Ijaw language in Facts for Life sensitisation radio programme for better understanding of the people at the coaster area of the state.

The Information and Orientation Commissioner made the plea at a one-day media dialogue organised for broadcast media practitioners, particularly  radio stations. The programme was organised by UNICEF in collaboration with Ondo State Ministry of Information held in Akure, the state capital.

Mr. Ojogo said the state government and UNICEF have enjoyed a robust relationship that positively impacted in the living standard of the people in the state.

In his words" Ministry of Information and Orientation is one of the line Ministries and Agencies of government in the state that implement UNICEF supported programme such as paintings on hygiene and sanitation in public schools and health facilities".

He hinted that one hundred and twenty(120) wall paintings on hygiene and sanitation, four paintings on exclusive breastfeeding have been carried out across the three Senatorial Districts of the State, which he said was aimed at propagating hygienic living of the people.

The Commissioner stressed that the radio programme on Facts for Life  was produced by the Ministry in conjunction with UNICEF, which was designed to educate the people about key household practices that need to be imbibed by everyone in the community at large, in order to prevent communicable diseases and infant mortality.

He noted that fifty two episodes of the programme were developed on four household practices. They are, immunization, sanitation, nutrition and care of newborn, adding that all the episodes had been aired on the State owned radio station -  Orange 94.5 FM, Akure at no cost and HOPE 89.1 FM, a radio station owned by Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun State.

He further explained that fifty two episodes in Yoruba  language have been produced and Orange FM  has commenced airing in July 2019, noting that the media advocacy on Facts for Life would expand media partnership in propagating the message in the best interest of the people of the state.

In her address, the Akure Field Chief of UNICEF, Dr. Laxmi Bhawani, appreciated Ondo State government for supporting the International Organisation in promoting hygienic living of the people. She said children should be protected against all forms of violence and child abuse.

The UNICEF Chief added that children must be given adequate health care and proper nutrition, stressing that government has a role to play at ensuring  every child is given   quality education, because it is their right to be in school.

Bhawani maintained that the Facts for Life on radio has impacted positively in the living standard of the people because the people are well informed on hygienic living through enlightenment.

The UNICEF Chief also charged the media to play a vital role in the dissemination of information to the people on importance of keeping the environment clean.


Sola Omoboyowa,
Ministry of Information and Orientation

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Ondo State is a state in Nigeria created on 3 February 1976 from the former Western State. It originally included what is now Ekiti State, which was split off in 1996. Akure is the state capital.

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