By Fredrick Okopie
LAGOS—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 privileged 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 of havoc the 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.
Mrs. Ajimobi, advised the group not to relent in its efforts in its chosen area of endeavours, but also urged them to continue with empowerment, community development and provision of social facilities to the needy and vulnerable.
In an chat with Vanguard, the Founder/Executive Director of Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative, LAEI, Dr. Ama Onyerinma, said the dearth of a social system to 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.
Source: Vanguard News