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Ondo First Lady asks traditional rulers’ wives to register new babies

By Dayo Johnson, Akure

To ease birth registration by the National Population Commission (NPC), the wife of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Betty, has co-opted wives of traditional rulers into the registration of new born babies across the 18 council areas of Ondo State.

From left: Mr Bolaji Oshinowo; Chairman, Bolinco Group of Companies; Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; Mrs Tokunbo Edun, Administrator, Grace Group of Schools; and Mr Akeem Odede, Chief Executive Officer, Dynamic Designs Ltd, at the Oriental Hotel Lagos, during the 61st birthday celebration of Kwankwaso.

The initiative, according to her, would enable all children born in a particular community to be registered.

The First Lady, who spoke during a press conference in Akure, the state capital, said the project, which is the programme of wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, would enable new born babies to be registered without bottlenecks and bureaucracy.

The process, Betty said, would also lead to the success of the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent, Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) mandate of government.

The programme, tagged, “Olori Connection”, she said would provide a platform for interaction with the wives of traditional rulers in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, his Women Affairs and Social Development counterpart, Mrs Omowumi Olatunji-Edet, among other stakeholders like the National Population Commission (NPC), pledged their supports for the success of the programme.

She said it was part of the commitment of the state government to empower women in the state, giving them virile platforms for political and socio-economic development.

The programme, which kicks off today in Akure, Central Senatorial District, and continues tomorrow in Owo, the North Senatorial District, would be rounded off in Okitipupa, the South Senatorial District, on Thursday.


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