L-R, Abiola Osuniyi Business Devt Executive of Parallelpoint consult , Mr Adedayo Ojo CEO Caritas PR, Mrs Oyinlola COO OVL Foundation , Mr Victor Laniyan Chairman OVL Foundation, Rhoda Robinson Director of Gender Development programme, HACEY Health Initiative, Scott Igbene , Executive Director Scoale Consult

The OVL Foundation has called upon stakeholders in civil society organisations, corporate organisations as well as world leaders to provide empowerment, mentoring and guidance opportunities to women and youths in Nigeria and Africa.

This will enable them lead economically productive lives and break free from the shackles of poverty, stagnation and retrogression. This call was made by the Director of the Foundation, Mr. Victor Laniyan, during a vision sharing session with stakeholders which included CSOs, CBOs, international NGOs, donor organisations, representatives of corporate organisations and media organisations in Lagos. He explained that women and youths in Nigeria and Africa are vulnerable, faced with unique issues and challenges specific to their gender and stage of life. This makes it necessary for them to be empowered, mentored and guided in all spheres of life and learning. That way, they will be able to rise above these challenges.

The Ag. Executive Secretary of the OVL Foundation, Mrs. Oyinlola Scott-Igbene, noted that the foundation is guided by the belief that every human being irrespective of socio-economic status should be entitled to and not alienated from equal opportunities, economic justice, accessible and prompt healthcare as well as the tools to carve and work out their economic freedom and independence. “For us at OVL Foundation, we visualize a nation in which all individuals and communities have the opportunity to achieve their goals. Our goal is to complement the effort of government organizations, nonprofits and private sector institutions to advance education, technology and health opportunities for those who need them most,” she noted. The OVL Foundation was established in 2013 and is duly registered with the corporate affairs commission as a movement to empower women and young people in Africa.