Wife of the Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has assured the people of the riverine settlements of joining forces with Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission. (OSOPADEC) to educate the women of the area on breast cancer and its preventions.
She said this in Akure, when Board members of the Commission led by the Chairman, Barr. Gbenga Edema, paid her a courtesy visit.
She charged the Board members to ensure the Commission bridges the gap that exists within some groups in the area, while assuring that the present administration in the state will create a new paradigm of positive change for people in the area.
She described the Governor as very straight forward and urged them to be hardworking and transparent to ensure good representation of their people, stressing that they have enormous responsibilities to perform for the people, as the government is determined to actualise a new dawn in Ondo State.
The First Lady said breast cancer is not a spiritual attack but a medical issue that can be treated and managed very well, insisting that the people cannot be left to die of a disease that is curable.
She said people must discard taboos and superstitious beliefs about the disease by spreading the information because a healthy population provides productivity.
She also advised them to prioritise the health of the people in the area by strengthening and equipping its primary health care centres with up to date facilities.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of OSOPADEC, Barr. Gbenga Edema, thanked the First Lady for her tremendous services to humanity and the less privileged since she came on board, noting that women are inevitable to societal development.
He assured of the Commission's systemic collaboration with the Office of the Wife of the Governor, as a boost to delivering on their mandate for the people of the coastal area.
Edema further described Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, as a man of integrity and as such the Commission must have good representation and impact positively on the lives of the people.