Ugwuanyi commends women for contribution to nation building
Speaking during the start of this year’s August Meeting for women held at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu with the theme: Women And Children Must Be Protected As A Bedrock Of Our Community, Ugwuanyi stressed that globally, women have contributed immensely to the development of society.
He added that his administration at its inception recognised the pivotal role women played in the initiation and effective implementation of government policies and programmes.
The governor, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, pointed out that it was in recognition of the above that Enugu State now has the first female Deputy Governor and the first female Chief Judge of the state, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo and Justice Priscilla Ngozi Emehelu.
He disclosed that four women were elected as members of the State House of Assembly with three serving as principal officers of the House, adding that his administration appointed women as Commissioners for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Finance and Special Duties.
Stressing his commitment to women participation in governance, Ugwuanyi said the woman was elected as council chairman under his administration for the first time in the history of the state.
He, therefore, restated the state government’s commitment to continue to partner with women in all sectors of development for the good of the Enugu people.
Ugwuanyi also commended his wife, Monica, for the role she has been playing through her pet project, Ugo’s Touch of Life Foundation (U-TOLF) and other children and women intervention and emancipation programmes.
He maintained that the annual August Meeting was timely and a veritable platform for women to bond, reflect and interact on development issues, as well as proffer solutions to the challenges confronting them and the society.
Speaking, the governor’s wife stressed the need for women to take their rightful positions in the scheme of things in the state in particular and the country in general.
She charged women to always endeavour to upgrade their cherished sterling qualities, such as education, humility, intelligence, good home management and community leadership, among others.
She also canvassed girl-child education, which she said, remained a viable tool for liberating society from poverty, ignorance, enslavement, diseases and other problems.
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