The First Lady of Ondo State, Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has been championing self-defense lessons for ladies in the State.
She revealed this while hosting Special Female Squad of the Ondo State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Akure, Ondo State capital.
Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, the founder of the Bemoore Empowered Girls Foundation which aims to achieve the education of girls in ICT, Solar, including other life-enhancing skills like taekwondo, noted how unapologetical she is in terms of women and children.
She described the female squad of the Ondo State Command of the NSCDC as a “partner in progress” she said: “We need to educate our young ones on personal safety and self-defence.
“I’m happy that this special female squad was created to make us feel that we are in this thing together, even though this world is a ‘man’s world’ we are trying to make it balanced in all spheres of life. The creation of the squad is a welcome development.”
She assured the female squad of the State’s chapter of the NSCDC that she would ensure their being given the platform to thrive.
While speaking, the spokesperson to the squad, DSC Temitope Babalola, appreciated the First Lady for hosting the squad.
She revealed that following the inauguration of the female squad by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on November 30, 2021, they immediately swung into action by the first week of December 2021 and surveyed all the Local Government Areas of Ondo State.
“We found out that Ondo State had 1, 601 secondary schools (private and public). We cannot police the schools due to this large number but we have been going around to sensitize the students on security and safety.
“We’ve taught them how to maneuver and take care of themselves in the schools, market places and even churches in certain situations.
“The female squad has been trained on the use of firearms, we have the requisite knowledge on how to use seven weapons,” she said.
She said the squad has recorded landmark achievements in the area of safety, security for young people in the State.
Following Babalola’s remarks, the female squad of the command gave a demonstration on self-defence and safety.
Earlier, the Ondo State Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Command of the NSCDC, ASC Daniel Aidamebor gave a brief history of the establishment of the female squad of the NSCDC.
“The female squad of the NSCDC was a child of necessity that was inaugurated to fight kidnapping, banditry attacks in schools. At a point, there were a lot of attacks on schools.
“The Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi established a female squad in the National Headquarters in February 2021 to protect schools.
“When the Commandant-General saw the success of the female squad in the National Headquarters, he gave an order to all State Commands to replicate same.
“In May 2021, the NSCDC brought officers for a five-month training on how to protect schools and on November 30, 2021, the Governor of Ondo State Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu commissioned the female squad of the Ondo State of the NSCDC,” the PRO said.