By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure
The wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Chief Betty Anyawu_ Akeredolu in collaboration with Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has organised a Workshop to mark year 2018 International Women’s Day in Akure.
The Workshop which was organised under the close watch of Forum for Wives of Ondo state Officials (FWOSO), frowned at gender disparity in Nigeria.
Speaking at the occasion, Arabinrin Akeredolu commended the quest lecturer, Dr. Joel Asemisoye for condemning the rate at which women are being deprived of their right to inherit property in their father land.
According to her, the lecture was very informative and educative for women, whose right to inherit property has been ignored, trampled on and marginalized.
In her opening remarks, she lamented the inequality state of women with men in the country citing the lack of right for the Nigerian Women to inherit property as part of the social injustice in Nigeria.
Also, she observed that the Nigerian women are not benefiting from the global liberalization tendency and practice as seen in other countries.
The First Lady how ever, used the occasion to decry the gap between men and women in the Nigerian society, calling on women to actively participate in politics at various levels of governance and to seek political offices at local, state and National Assembly.
She urged urged politicians to use their might as a means in promoting and protecting the interest of women and passing the laws which are favorable to them in the country.
Commenting on the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, which is “Press for Change” Betty Akeredolu appealed to the Nigerian women to demand and fight for their right like men to inherit property in the country.
Other dignitaries present at the workshop which include the State Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Omowunmi Olatunji Edet and the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Ondo State, Hon. Barrister Kolawole Olawoye joined their voices with the condemnation of marginalisation against women.
However, Barrister Kehinde Adegbite the Guest Lecturer, made his presentation characterized by depth knowledge, which was very revealing about the obstacles to and the intervening factors preventing women from inheriting property from their father or their husband.
His words, “I consider the workshop an ‘eye opener’ for women, because many cases and experiences were cited, shared and explained from the legal framework and constitutional perspective to debunk the socio-cultural myth underlying the predicament of and the constraints preventing Women from exercising their right to inherit property across the country”.