Our programmes targeted at women and children, says Nnamani
April 5, 2006

The Enugu State Government says it will continue to give priority attention to those factors that will emancipate and advance the status of women in the state.

The State Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, said this while addressing a meeting with women coordinators, supervisors, councilors wards and local government executives of the PDP in the state at Okpara Square, Enugu.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, announced that government had taken some major steps to empower and give the womenfolk in the state a sense of belonging.

According to the governor, most of the administration’s programmes on health and human services were targeted to better the lots of women and children, while a good number of the women were in the Executive Council, State Legislature, Council Chairmen, among other positions of authority.

The State Chief Executive thanked the women for their continued support to his administration and assured them that they would benefit from more appointments in future.

He therefore urged them to go all out and mobilize their members, especially in the rural areas and explain to them government programmes designed to improve their living conditions.

Earlier in his speech, the State Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Chief Emma Okenwa, said that the PDP-controlled government in Enugu State had performed creditably and thanked the governor for the recognition accorded to women in the scheme of things in the state.

Chief Okenwa therefore advised the women to reciprocate this gesture by continued support to both the party and the state government.

The State Commissioner for Local Government and Rural Development, Dr. Festus Uzor, also advised the women to remain focused and united and not to allow anybody to confuse them.

Dr. Uzor said that PDP-controlled government in the state was determined to give the women their fair share, adding that the meeting was called to interact with them and explain to government's programmes and activities.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Princess Peace Nnaji commended the state government for the bold steps taken towards the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in the state, especially ill the areas of universal basic education, health care, among others.

Princess Nnaji also praised the governor for his numerous achievements in the state and enjoined the women not to relent in their support to Governor Nnamani whose government is women friendly.

Other speakers at the meeting included Chief Mrs. Kate Eneh, Lady Benice Agbo, Chief Mrs. Sally Egbogu, Chief Mrs. Evelyn Ekwo Ahanonu, Mrs. Monica Atigwe and Mrs. Comfort Ede, who in their separate speeches, described the administration of Governor Nnamani in the State as women oriented and thanked him for giving the women a sense of involvement.

The women also thanked the Governor for his good works, especially in infrastructural development which had changed the landscape of parts of the state and pledged their continued support to the government. They also promised to continue to organize and mobilize their members in the rural areas to identify with the government.


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