LACCWO honours members with awards
• Urges govt to reduce economic hardship
After the Sunday Mass at the Catholic Church of the Presentation, Ikeja, Lagos for the closing ceremony of the World Union of Catholic Women Organisation (WUCWO) Week, themed: “Hope in Action in the Service of Family, Youths and Suffering of the World,” the members of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Organisation (LACCWO) gathered under the canopy, outside the church to celebrate with those among them that were given Awards of Excellence in appreciation of their hard work during the year. Even some men found worthy also received the awards.
The occasion was chaired by Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, who, happy that the occasion coincided with the day of Pentecost, said the women all received the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Said she: “I congratulate everybody today. It will be the beginning of a wonderful day. We will all chart a new course to be a better Nigeria. Today, God will do a wonderful things in your life.”
President of LACCWO, Mrs. Esther Isiokpu, who also received an award by the Abeokuta Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Organisation (ADCCWO) in recognition of her contribution to ADCCWO, was impressed by LACCWO members’ performance.
“They have done wonderfully well,” she said. “This is the closing ceremony of the WUCWO week. We started from Yaba. We went to Lekki, Satellite, Badagry, Ipaja and finally we are closing at Ikeja Deanery.
“We are closing today (last Sunday). All these awards were given to our supporters in the journey. We appreciated them by given them the awards.”
She said she expects the women to be very hard working and more spiritual.
“To be humble, make peace among yourselves. Be united, because the Catholic Church is one. All women in the Catholic Church are one. We should learn to love ourselves as one in Christ. Remember some of our sisters are in the northern part. We pray for them that peace will reign in their area.
She urged the young and upcoming to be hard working, as “if any one is in Christ, he/she is in Christ and there is no need to deceive oneself.”
The women leader urged the women to be steadfast in their prayers and build up their spiritual lives, “Because it is very important. You need prayers throughout your life. In your journey of life, you need it. You have a family, you have a home and you must always pray for them.”
She also urged President Buhari to try and alleviate the masses’ suffering.
According to her, government should soften its economic policy, which she said is a bit too harsh on the masses.
“Even if he has removed the fuel subsidy, at least we should get the fuel to buy. Unfortunately, the petrol is not available. The queues are still there at the filling stations,” she said.
Efuntunde Etomi, an awardee, said the Catholic Women honoured those that are contributing to the church’s development.
“ I am honoured possibly because of my service to God through humanity. Medically, I give support. We should try and help one another. We all need to be checking our health regularly. Women are taking too much on themselves,” she said.
Another awardee, the president of the Catholic Women Organisation, Regina Pacis Catholic Church, Sangotedo, Princess Magdalene Adenike Coker explained that the award was meant to show appreciation to active members of LACCWO.
Said she: “This means that I have been working hard for the Catholic Church for quite a long time. This is a way of showing appreciation that all my works as President of Catholic Women Association are not in vain. The message I am sending to the upcoming ones is that they should have the fear of God at heart and work for Him.”
Coker said they shouldn’t bother whether somebody is giving them an award or not.
“Whatever you do even in hiding, people are looking at you, and one day it will be rewarded. If you are not rewarded on earth, you will be rewarded in heaven,” she explained.
In her view, even in their homes, women have challenges, “But God’s grace sees us through, which is why I am being rewarded. They know what it takes to be in my position.”
She thanked her family for being there and dedicated the award to them.
“Most of the time, I left home for one meeting or the other doing God’s work. They are always doing the house chores for me.”
She urged men to allow their wives to work for God, “So that whenever their wives are going out for an assignment, they will not grumble. This is a women’s affair. My husband is a man of integrity and understanding.”
Another awardee, Princess Miriam Kanu, described the award as a beautiful one and that it will inspire her to continue working vigorously in the House of God.
“That our effort has not been in vain. The upcoming ones should continue to work in the House of God. Our challenges are mostly support. We need more support from the men, morally and financially,” she said.
One of the men who given awards, Mr. Sunday Vincent Ezeobi, said if the women decided that he is doing well in the Catholic Church, he believes them.
He said that he appreciates the award very much.
“This is not a one-man’s affair. It is the whole Archdiocese putting your name down. I assist in my parish and beyond my parish.”
Mrs. Teresa Igbe was grateful to God for His mercies and blessings.
“I pray to God that the women should continue to do the work they are doing in Lagos Archdiocese with passion. I pray that the world will have a change, when the woman continues to work in truth and in faith,” she said.
She urged mothers to teach their children the way of the Lord early in life.
Another awardee, Mrs. Eferigbo Precious Ogbodo, described the award as a motivation for her to serve God the more.