First Lady, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi, has urged the women in the state to use the occasion of this year Women’s August Meeting to renew their commitment to promotion of values.
The wife of the state governor, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi, has urged the women in the state to use the occasion of this year Women’s August Meeting to renew their commitment to promotion of values of love, tolerance, peace and integration of national development.
Mrs Ugwuanyi in a speech at the Home and Abroad August return of the Catholic Women Organisation, Nsukka Diocese, said the meeting offered women the opportunity to deliberate on the role of women as agents of change in the society.
She added that such deliberations during the meeting would help women understand their decisive and supportive roles to their husbands, children, family members, the church and the society at large.
In her words, “August is a period when the entire Igbo race celebrate womanhood, as we have gathered here to celebrate ourselves, to take stock of our activities in the past year, to chart a new course for the year ahead, we must rededicate ourselves to values that promote love, tolerance, trust, peace and unity in the state,” Mrs Ugwuanyi said.
Extending her good wishes to the women, the First Lady assured that this administration is committed to the upliftment of the women of Enugu State, particularly Nsukka women. She expressed the hope that this year’s meeting will arouse the passion of women towards greater heights, enjoining them not to allow their individual differences to be a source of conflict and distrust.
In a remark, the Diocesan President of Catholic Women Organisation, Prof Rose Onah, noted that the meeting provides a platform for women to deliberate on issues that promote peace and integration of national development. She commended Mrs Ugwuanyi for identifying with the women folk, promising that the women will continue to pray for peace and stability in the state.
Earlier in an Assumption Service at St. Theresa’s Parish, the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev Godfrey Onah noted that August is the month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Bishop charged the women to emulate mother Mary who surrendered herself for the will of God to be done in her life despite all oppositions.
In his words “we need our mothers to change our society, women be brave and rise up to the challenge of womanhood, try to make a difference and correct the ills in the society”.
In a related development, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi attended the grand ceremony of 2015 Imo Women’s August Meeting at the Hero Square Owerre, Imo State.
The occasion attracted many First Ladies from across the length and breadth of the country, including the wife of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Dolapo Osibanjo who was also a special guest of honour.
The women from the 27 local governments of Imo State came in their thousands to showcase their rich cultural heritage. The women added glamour to the occasion through their various performances which included the Oso mmiri, egwu ukwu, match past and lots more.
Earlier before the grand ceremony, Mrs Ugwuanyi accompanied her Imo State counterpart, Mrs Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha to the commissioning of her (Mrs Okorocha) pet projects which included Nneoma Nkechi Rochas Okorocha Skill Acquisition Centre and She Needs a Roof Project (SNARP). The projects designed to alleviate the suffering of the destitute.