Chief (Mrs) Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, the wife of the Ondo state Governor, has congratulated Mary Ogunga who made history by becoming the first female President-elect of the National Association of Ondo State Students (NAOSS).
The congratulatory message was announced in a press release by the First Lady, dated 10th of October, 2021, signed by her SSA, Media, WoG, Oluwatobi Fatemi.
In the release, the wife of the Governor commended the election, which she described as an important motivation for women and girls of the sunshine state.
According to her, “The robust participation of women is essential to every society seeking to develop at a speedy pace. It is in this sense that I applaud this victory. This is a good development that will serve as motivation for our young girls who aspire to participate in politics and leadership positions.”
She added that gender equality in decision making, leadership positions, and women’s empowerment are fundamental ingredients for progress and genuine democracy. She noted that this also facilitates women’s direct engagement in public affairs and decision-making as well as encourages the country to be accountable to a large part of its population.
More so, she lengthened her felicitation to other executives of the association, noting that women’s political participation and leadership engagement are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Furthermore, the First Lady acknowledged the Akeredolu-led administration for being gender-balanced in conducting the affairs of the state.
“Only recently, the state produced the first female SSG in Ondo State and the election of the first female NAOSS President was another show of government commitment to the political empowerment of women. This can only happen when you have a HE-4-SHE Governor.”
Speaking to the president-elect, Mrs Anyanwu-Akeredolu urged her to demonstrate competence, fairness and sincerity asserting that women are no less capable than men.
“Women are capable. There is a need to give women a chance to prove it. The chance has come for Mary Ogunga and I hope she will prove her worth beyond a doubt. I send my warm congratulations and best wishes to the new set of NAOSS leaders.”
Recall that Mary Ogunga, a 200 level law student from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko was declared by the electoral committee for the National Association of Ondo State Students (NAOSS) election on 10th of October, 2021 as the newly elected president of the association.
Declaring the winner at the Adegbemile Cultural centre in Akure, the chairman of the electoral committee, Ebisanmi Kayode announced Mary Ogunga as the National President having gathered 87 votes out of the 94 accredited voters to defeated her three other opponents; Ololajulo Olubunmi with two votes, Atoyebi Grace with total votes of two and Ayemojuba Idowu with no vote while having a total of three voids.
The election had stakeholders, independent observers and 94 delegates from 47 institutions across the country comprising students of the state whose schools in other states were declared free and fair.
Others who congratulated the elected president included the first female Secretary to the Government of Ondo State, Princess Catherine Oladunni Odu, the SSA to the Ondo State Governor on youths and students affairs, Muyiwa Ogunyemi and the National Female Student Association of Nigeria, Lady Comrade Ore Adetiba.
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