Oyetola urges investment in education for growth, development
Osun gov’s wife lauds Afolabi for supporting market women
Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has re-emphasised the need for government at all levels to invest in education as pivot to sustainable growth and development in the society.
Oyetola, who stated this in Osogbo during the presentation of prizes to winners of the 60th Independence Day essay competition organised by the Ministry of Regional Integration and Special Duties titled “Moving Ahead Post-Coronavirus Pandemic – Impacts and Prospects of COVID-19 On Economy,” said that the move would breed talents and be a major force in Nigeria’s pathway to prosperity.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Mr. Benedict Alabi, said the state would initiate programmes and policies that would showcase its potentials while adding value to the citizenry.
He expressed his readiness to support the sustainability of the programme to aid competition and as well motivate the upcoming generation.
IN another development, the governor’s wife, Kafayat Oyetola, has commended Cable News Network (CNN) award winning journalist and Queen of Apomu Kingdom, Olori Janet Afolabi, for supporting Apomu market women with interest loans through Apomu Women Co-operative launched on October 2 at the palace hall in Apomu.
Mrs. Oyetola, who was the guest of honour at the event, said: “l appreciate Olori Afolabi for her efforts at ensuring the take-off of this project. I have no doubt that it would help to lift many women and homes out of poverty and enhance the standard of living in their homes. I urge other communities in the state to emulate Apomu women by floating their own co-operative bodies.”
Olori Afolabi, who stated that she initiated the project to enable many women resume their trading businesses after the COVID-19 lockdown, said: “Many of them have spent their capital. A lot of them tried to borrow money from families, friends and neighbours but it was very difficult. To help these women start again, I came up with Apomu Women Co-operative as my flagship empowerment project to give interest-free loans to market women to be paid back over five months.”
She said the women were randomly selected, shortlisted and interviewed by experts from LEAD Transformation Initiative.
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