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Imo Women 2018 August Meeting: Mrs Osinbajo Urges Women to Intensify War against Drug Abuse, Hunger

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Wife of the Acting-President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo has urged women in the Country to be in the forefront of the war against drug abuse, hunger, rape and other vices that hinder the growth of Children, adding that women should also champion the course against female genital mutilation, child labour and girl-child-out of School.

Mrs. Osinbajo spoke at the Imo Women 2018 August Meeting held at the Dan Anyiam Stadium Owerri on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 with the theme “Sharing Our Common Cultural Values”, Stating that the theme of this Year’s August Meeting was apt because Culture has a way of affecting the lives of the people.

She said “Our Society is derailing because we have abandoned our culture. So, this meeting today with the theme is a wake-up call. Women should brace-up and play the expected role especially in the area of fighting the vices that hamper or have the tendencies of hampering the development or growth of the Child and by implication, our society”.

Her words “the theme of this Year’s August Meeting is apt as every culture has a way of affecting the lives of the particular society. And when this culture is neglected, the society is derailed or suffer for it. So all hands must be on deck to champion the fight against these vices that pose threat to our culture, the society, children, women and so on”.

Wife of the Imo Governor, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha in her address urged women in the Country to close ranks to enable them achieve collective goals, adding that women should avoid dangerous routes like laziness, gossiping insubordination, antagonism and rancour to achieve these goals since the success of one Igbo woman or any other woman is the collective success of all women.

She noted, “With determination, God’s grace and unity of purpose, we closed routes that diminished our collective conscience and goals. Indeed we have rekindled the light of positivism and togetherness and by so doing have removed in the State the primordial barriers of zonal sentimentalism, creed, social status and others that do no one any good”.

She added “In the quest for the promotion of our cultural values and norms, I expanded the scope of our annual August Meeting. From year to year, since the inception of the Rescue Mission Government, I, with divine inspiration chose the themes of our August Meetings. In 2011, it was Women: the Home Builders, in 2012 Women: Vessels for Transformation, 2013 August Meeting had Managing Stress and Unity of Purpose as its theme, in 2014, it was Imo Women: Making a Difference through Involvement and Commitment, in 2015 it was Women: Dare to Dream, 2016 was Looking at the Next Generation of Mothers, in 2017 it was Women: Building Bridges of Friendship across the Niger and today 2018, my Valedictory August Heeling, the grand finale, the mother of all August Meetings did the very last August Meeting before I bow out the theme is “Sharing our Common Cultural Values”.

She further remarked “At this point, I want to encourage all Imo women to take advantage of the free education policy of His Excellency because no nation ever rises above the education of its people. There is therefore the need for us all, to jealously safeguard the ideals of free education which will definitely improve the lives of our children; the leaders of tomorrow”.

Present at the historic event include wife of the Acting-President, Her Excellency Dolapo Osinbajo, Governor Rochas Okorocha, Her Excellencies, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu (Abia), Dame Edith Okowa (Delta), Dr. (Mrs) Linda Ayade (Cross River), Mrs. Glory Ajimobi (Oyo), Mrs. Betsy Obaseki (Edo), Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi (Enugu), and wife of the Inspector-General of Police, Mrs. Idris and Senator Uche Ekwunife.

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