Abia State was agog as members of the Southern Governor’s Wives Forum (SGWF) visited Abia State for their quarterly meeting to deliberate on the welfare of women and also empower the indigent ones among them. They were hosted by the wife of the state governor, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu.
The women on arrival first called on the state governor Okezie Ikpeazu who commended them for touching the lives of the indigent, downtrodden and voiceless people in the society.
Ikpeazu pleaded with them to use their time during the meeting to pray for the health of President Mohammadu Buhari, stressing that God hears the prayers of women.
He said that it is wrong for people to wish their leader ill health, adding that health related issues of leaders should not be politicised as every leader requires the full support of those he is leading at all times.
The governor assured the members of the SGWF that the state will support them in their programmes and that of the wife of Mr President.
In her response, the wife of Imo State governor and chairperson of the forum, Mrs Nkechi Okorocha said that they were in the state for their quarterly meeting where they hope to empower some women of the state to enable them improve on their lives.
Mrs Okorocha appreciated the efforts of Governor Ikpeazu in turning the eyes of the people of the country towards the state through his made in Aba project, “Which has become a beautiful song that everyone is now singing”.
At the meeting the forum which is made up of 17 wives of the governors from the southern part of the country which had 11 members attending where about 100 indigent women of the state were empowered with various empowerment items.
The empowerment items given out included grinding machines, hair dressing materials, bean-cake or akara frying materials, locally fabricated ovens, roadside food vendors materials and sewing machines.
Declaring the meeting open the wife of Imo State and chairman of the forum Mrs Nkechi Okorocha said that they are in the state to ensure that the girl child and women are well taken care off.
Mrs Okorocha recalled that the forum was initiated by the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari which has gone a long way to break the barriers of tongue, tribe, religion and political affiliation.
The wife of the Imo state governor said that the forum is determined to give the girl-child and women pride of place in the country, adding that the country is waiting for the women who are key to fast-tracking the development of the country.
Mrs Okorocha said that the women in the zone are ready to champion the cause of Abia women and also empower them to enable them to become partners in progress with their husbands.
Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu described Abia State as the home of industry, ingenuity and hard work of its people.
Mrs Ikpeazu said, “We are here today for the purpose of empowering our people and those who are benefiting were meticulously selected in such a way to ensure that they are capable of using the items to eke out a living for themselves”.
“The women who will be empowering will thereafter become self-reliant and train others.”