Madam Obaigbena Stresses Need for Women Empowerment

31 Mar 2013

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Madam Margaret Obaigbena,

By Victor Efeizomor

President, Ika Community Ladies’   Welfare Association of Nigeria, Madam Margaret Obaigbena, has stressed the need for parents and governments at all levels to pay more emphasis on women and girl child development, saying they  are  the  major  catalyst and springboard  for nation building.

Obaigbena, who stated this Saturday at Boji-Boji Owa, metropolis, during the inauguration of Ika Community Ladies Welfare Association, a non-governmental organisation, also canvassed peace, unity and good neighborliness among other things the Ika  ethnic nationalities need to ensure growth and development.

“It is our desire to plan  strategies  that will foster  unity, revive cultural values  and  bring  development  to Ika  women  and children  in particular  and the entire  community  in  general. This group  will  ensure that we  collaborate with relevant  agencies  of government, non-governmental  organisations, donor  agencies  and philanthropists in addressing  issues  of poverty  and poor dressing  among  girls and women in Ikaland, ” Obaigbena said.While  outlining the driving force of the group, Obaigbena explained that, “our  priority  after inauguration  is to tackle the problem  of bad link roads in our  rural  areas and any other urgent developmental needs as well as solicit fund  from  donor agencies  to grant scholarships to indigent students  of Ika  origin.”

She pointed out that “our youths, especially the girls will be sensitised  through  public  lecture  to realise the need for dignity of labour and be encouraged  to be  more serious  in academics or learning a trade  that  will  equip them for good jobs.” 

The Delta State Commissioner for Millenium Development Goals, Queen Victoria Ikenchukwu, in her remarks,  commended the initiators of the association but frowned on the principle of the group that does not admit members below 50 years of age and called for a review of the position.

She also cautioned against unhealthy rivalry among the different ethnic groups in Ikaland, saying such “bitterness and hypocrisy will not engender good development among the people.”

Hon.  Justice  S.A Ehiwario (rtd)   advised the group to be ready for the challenges ahead because  of their  lofty objectives of giving Ika people a sense of direction.

The Chairman of the occasion, Pa Fortune Ebie, said the association should be considered as the apex body of all other social groups in Ikaland because of the pedigree and caliber  of women  it parades  as the social  voice of the people of Ika nation.

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