By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
The Nigerian Girls Guide Association, Ogun State Chapter, has explained why it honoured and decorated the Olori of Olowu Of Owu Kingdom, Bosun Dosunmi as their Matron.
The State Commissioner of the Association, Comrade Moyosore Adeyemi, while speaking during the decoration at Olowu palace, in Abeokuta, said that Olori Dosunmu was found worthy for the investiture based on the qualities she possessed.
She stated Olori Dosunmu was a woman of open heart and a lover of children, commending her for continuous support for the association.
Adeyemi lamented the various social vices facing the girl child, ranging from rape, domestic violence, abduction, inequality among others, insisting that with her coming on board, it would help in fighting the vices.
Her words: ”We welcome Olori Dosunmu to Nigeria Girls Guides Association, Ogun State chapter. We thank you for granting our request to be our matron. We love you for deciding to join the association at this period, when girls and young women are facing a lot of violence, gender inequality among other in Nigeria.
”There are lot of challenges which our girls are facing which are rape, abduction, kidnapping, other atrocities. It is against the girl child. Anybody that is ready to join the association at this period has the love for the girl child.
“We welcome you once again ma and we pray as you are joining us, God will continue to provide for you because since two weeks ago, you have been contributing to the upliftment of the girl child. We also welcome all other dignitaries who are here at the investiture of our newest member, Olori Dosunmu”, she stated.
Olori Dosunmu, who expressed her joy at the honor, said she had always been identifying with the association.
She assured the association of her utmost support in their various projects.
She said, ”I thank God for today, I should be able to put in my own quota too, maybe in terms of advising and nurturing the children too, and then whatever thing that they want me to do, I should be able to do that.
“It seems as if we only talk about the girl child, although they are the ones that we marry very early, they are the ones that are getting the brunt of may be the men are not treating them well but if a male child could be able to know how to grow up well, know how to take care of women, everything will reduce; maybe because they don’t see those who will nurture them, mentoring them, they don’t know how to take care of women. You see women are fragile, you know we have to handle everything that is fragile with care.”
She advised parents to always be there for their children.
”I want to advise parents that we should be there for our children right from the cradle. It is not that my child is growing up now and we leave them and let them do whatever they want to do, we should try as much as possible to be mentoring and nurturing them, telling them what is good, what the society is requiring from them and what they are going to deliver to the society definitely our society and nation will be good”, she added.
Dignitaries at the event include Deputy Commissioner, Mrs Rhoda Thomas; Assistant State Commissioner, Miss Feyisetan Kemi Shittu; State Adviser- Mrs. Juliana Sonde Aluko; Immediate Past State Commissioner- Mrs. Modupe Alaba Kushimoz; Matron- Mrs Oluwatoyin Adeyemo; Seyi Aderinmokun – Fed. Commissioner National Population Commission; Erelu Adekemi Amoye- Erelu Amororo
and Osi Iyalode Apomu- Chief Remilekun Opere.