Be resilient, focused, NCWS charges women
…Swears In New Abia Executives
Women in Abia State have been urged to be resilient and focused in their bid to aid societal development.
The state chapter of the National Council For Women Societies (NCWS) made the call at its convention held recently in Umuahia.
The convention also witnessed the commissioning of its permanent state secretariat built and donated by the wife of the state governor, Dr. Nkechi Ikpeazu, and the election of its new state executives, which saw Mrs. Agnes Okoroaffia emerge as President.
At the convention, NCWS National President, Hajia Lami Adamu Lau, presented Mrs. Ikpeazu with an award of excellence.
She commended the state chapter for actively participating in national and international conferences.
Lau expressed optimism that the newly elected state executives would strengthen the association, spur it to greater heights and give women stronger voices in decision-making.
She commended Ikpeazu for constructing the new NCWS secretariat situated at Ubakala, along Aba- Umuahia-Enugu expressway, noting that it has made Abia one of the few states in the country that has permanent NCWS secretariats.
In her remarks, Ikpeazu described NCWS as a strong body that could make a difference in the state and society through its programmes, stressing the need for the newly elected leaders to work in unity and peace.
She also urged them to initiate good ideas and create programmes that would benefit the members in the state and country in general.
On her part, the out going state president, Lady Eunice Nwaigwe, said the new secretariat would make the operations of the group more effective. She tasked members not to relent in their efforts towards getting the rights of women.
In her acceptance speech, the new state president, Okoroaffia, said her team would work with the national leadership to better the welfare of women in the state.
The keynote speaker, Lady Dr. Chinedu Brown, said the role of women in community development was important, calling on women to make greater impact in communities through NCWS programmes.