Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has called on women to champion the campaign against the rising spate of crime in Nigeria.
Speaking at the Annual Imo Women Day celebration held at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri last Thursday, Governor Okorocha stressed that youths would always listen to their mothers’ advice against acts of killing, kidnapping and robbery.
He assured the women folk that his administration will build a Women Centre in the State which is one of the ways through which the government will assist them in their effort to nurture the family and society at large.
He reiterated his resolve to stamp out corruption in governance and protect the lives and property of the citizenry.
In her address, the wife of the governor and organizer of the event, Mrs Nkechi Okorocha noted that the event marked a platform for women to position themselves effectively in value re-orientation so as to fit in to the policy objectives of government’s Rescue Mission.
She remarked that the State Ministry of Women Affairs under her supervision has organized several conferences and seminars and would spare no effort in women advocacy to raise their contributions to the socio-political and economic growth of the State.
The first Lady thanked the governor for his several people-oriented projects especially the free medical services and the equipping of General hospitals and Health centres in the State.
Contributing, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Martin Agbaso expressed his delight at the great show of solidarity and display of Igbo culture by the women and pledged his continued support to them.
Chief Agbaso who is also the leader of the All Progressive Grand Alliance( APGA) in Imo State pointed out that the family of Rochas Okorocha has shown exemplary lifestyle, mutual co-existence and love that should be emulated by every family in the State.
Highlights of the event include a march-past by women groups from the 27 local Government Areas in Imo State, a novelty football match between wives of Transition Committee Chairmen and wives of State Assembly and Executive members, cash donations to mothers of triplets and quadruplets and economic empowerment packages to selected less-privileged women in the State.