A CALL has gone to Nigerians to employ the rich African tradition of indigenous philanthropy to drive development agenda in various communities.
The call came from the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi Monday at the opening of Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies, which she donated to the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Mrs. Fayemi, who also donated 600 volumes from her personal library to the centre stated her commitment to the promotion and development of issues related to womenfolk.
She said: “My deep commitment to ensuring local ownership of development agenda is what led me to team up with two other African women to co-found the African Women’s Development Fund 14 years ago in Ghana and which has so far supported over 1,500 women organisations in at least 42 African countries with millions of dollars in grants.
Her husband and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, appreciated the commitment of the university management in partnering alumni of the institution to enhance the institution’s development.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Bamitale Omole, noted the support the university receives from Mrs. Fayemi, stressing that the centre would raise the state in gender and social policy studies.
Omole observed that the centre would help in practicalising various conventions signed at international level on gender-related matters.
Source: The Guardian