Monday, October 5, 2015
Abia women raise fund to empower Abuja indigent women
ABUJA – Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, Wife of Abia State governor has called on privileged Nigerians to donate generously to charity as a way of closing the wide gap between them and the less privileged people in the society.
Ikpeazu made the call at a fund raising Programme for women empowerment organized by the Women’s wing of the Ngwa Cultural and Development Association held in Abuja on Sunday.
Represented by Mrs. Beauty Odikwa, the Abia First Lady stated that given the level of unemployment in Nigeria, the Programme was a better initiative to assist the less privileged in the society.
She said: “When I received your invitation, I was happy that it is concerned with matters of empowerment. Giving the level of unemployment amongst Nigerians and indeed our people, empowerment programmes are often very valuable in bridging the gaps between the haves and the have of.
“It is a channel by which those who have been blessed with skills and opportunity offe chances of emancipation to those who are favored”
Lauding the Programme, Mrs. Ikpeazu also urged the people to ensure the promotion of peace and unity amongst them.
Earlier in her keynote address, the chair lady of the association, Mrs. Onyinye Ahuchiogu, stated that the decision to embark on the Programme stemmed from the challenges faced by their women in Abuja and beyond.
“Ladies and gentle, you will agree with us that each time there is a challenge in cash flow in most homes, the first person to feel the impact is the woman in the house, followed by the children. Also, each time a woman is widowed, the challenge of raising the children falls on the shoulders of the woman alone without any social support.
“Anytime a family gives birth to the number of children which their income cannot sustain, the woman and the children suffer. The challenge of payment of school fees, feeding and attending to other daily needs of the family becomes overwhelming for most women.
“The decision to embark on an empowerment scheme for the NCDA women was therefore borne out of the desire to address some of the observed challenges facing our women in Abuja.
“The leadership of the NCDA women wing strongly believe that the interest of the family, that of our husband and the society at large will be better served if our women acquire skills that can assist them navigate the harsh realities of modern day living”, she said.
According to her, the empowerment scheme would center on enrollment of unskilled women in skill acquisition Programme, provision of start-up funds for the acquisition of tools and machines on graduation from the skills acquisition programmes amongst others.
The event tagged “Ten Million Naira Empowerment Funds Raising” attracted most Ngwa sons and daughters from Abia State.