Ondo First Lady Mrs Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu recives Nigeria Energy Awards
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN and the Wife, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu -Akeredolu have, on Tuesday, received the Nigeria Energy Awards for their achievements in the areas of energy efficiency and sustainability in administrative and community development categories, respectively.
These awards were presented to the two recipients during the 8th Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo, (NAEE) the biggest renewable energy event in Nigeria, held at Shehu Yaradua Convention Centre, Abuja.
Ondo State Government was given the award in recognition of outstanding support for the establishment of a 50Megawatts Solar Power Plant at Uso in Owo Local Government Area of the state in partnership with Cecusafe Nigeria Ltd. The organisers acknowledged the efforts of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu at ensuring that the Federal Government granted the license to the project which is worth about NGN 27.7 Billion
Arabinrin, on the other hand, was awarded in the Community Initiative of the Year category in recognition of her outstanding contributions through the Empowerment of over 1000 girls drawn from across the 18 Local Government Areas in the state, in solar technology, ICT and other life-enhancing through her BEMORE empowerment foundation.
Speaking at the event, Mrs. Akeredolu, who received the awards, expressed her gratitude to the organisers for the honour and recognition.
She observed that the Nigerian Alternative Energy Expo (NAEE) has overtime proven to be at the epicentre of global action on renewable energy.
The First Lady of Ondo State equally stressed on the need for more women to feature in this effort towards environmental improvement in Nigeria while highlighting some effort being made by her Foundation to ensuring that the perceived gender gap in this endeavour is bridged.
“In my search for genuinely effective answers to bridging the gender gap in tackling the climate crisis, I have through my foundation the Bemore Empowered Foundation, organized boot camps to train girls on embracing the renewable energy culture noting that women are worst hit by the catastrophic impact of climate change.”
Using the platform to speak about the fight against breast cancer, Mrs. Akeredolu pointed out that the BEMORE girls were trained to be viable agents of grassroots breast cancer awareness in their different communities. She condemned the belief that breast cancer is caused by witchcraft or “juju” noting this to be the reason for which the cancer sensitization efforts need to be encouraged.
Also speaking at the event was the youngest breast cancer advocate, Miss Akeremale who demonstrated to the audience how to conduct breast self -examination to detect early, any unusual change to one’s breast.
Other highlights include awards given to the BEMORE Empowered Partners Mrs. Damilola Asaleye of ASHDAM and Glory Ogbegu of Climate Smart as Energy professionals of the year for their respective contribution to the renewable energy sector in Nigeria.