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Anambra election: Body of female voters mobilise women, empower students

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LEAGUE of Women Voters of Nigeria (NILOWV), Anambra State Chapter recently held their annual seminar and empowerment programme on the International Democracy Day celebrated on 15th September, 2021.

  The event, held at Ekwulobia, in Aguata Local Government Area of the state was well attended;. Women were enlightened and educated on their civic rights and duties within the context of present-day Nigeria, while school fees of some selected indigent secondary school children were paid.

    In the welcome address , Chairperson, Dr. C. Ego Uzoezie, with this year’s theme, ‘Democracy: An Enigine for Sustainable Peace  in Nigeria,’ stated that democracy begets peace and development, and to build democracy, it must be the efforts of everybody.

  Among other things, she said: “ Looking at our theme, it is quite unfortunate that the country is experiencing a high  level of insecurity (armed robbery, kidnapping, unknown gunmen attacks, menace of Fulanis herdsmen, Boko Haram terrorists activities, etc), which is affecting the peace in the country as lives and properties are  being lost. Government has a role to play in ensuring security and sustainable peace un Nigeria.  The nature and pattern of governance to a very large extent would determine the existence of peace as good governance promotes peace”.

  Dr Uzoezie encouraged women to be up and doing, and asked them to practice democracy in their families.

  She continued by saying that the organisation, which started 25 years ago has been empowering women with knowledge and skill, and advised them to start from their communities. She said : “Anambra  is a core Igbo state; we are not known for shedding of blood. We must select a capable leader that will be democratic”.

  On her part, Lady Berny Anene delivered a lecture on enlightenment and voting. She called on the women to pray for a good leader who will lead them like Isrealites to cross River Jordan, and also explained the importance of voters card.

  Delivering her lecture, Dr Anuli Aguiyi from Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, admonished women to be upright in training their children as she stated that mothers should play their roles well.

    While empowering the students by paying their school fees, Uzoezie called on each and every one of them to take their studies serious in order to get the best out of them.

  The students, with gratitude, thanked the group for the kind gesture.  Some of them, including Egbunine Chioma, from Community Secondary School, Igboukwu, Okoye Chinaza , Community Secondary School, Agulezechukwu and  Ugochukwu Chinasa from First Hill Secondary School, Ekwulobia in their different interviews prayed God to bless them.

  While giving his vote of thanks on behalf of others, Okoli Chinedu from All Saints Secondary School, Umunze, stated thus: “Thank you for supporting us. Some of our mates stopped schooling because of condition of things. You will see your great grand children in Jesus name!.”

  One of the participants, Mrs Bridget Ngozi Onyesolu from Ekwulobia, stated that the event was excellent, and pointed out that the  lectures were well received as it went  a long way in calming  women down in this challenging period. She encouraged women to always trust in God.

  Another participant, Helen Adaobi Ezeosim from Oko, Orumba North LGA had this to say: “This organisation is good.  I learnt so many things today.”

  In her vote of thanks, Cordelia Okoye from Igboukwu, expressed her joy by giving thanks to those that organised the event, and promised them that their advice  were well taken. She also praised NILOWV for empowering the students.

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