The two-day inaugural meeting of the Southern Governors’ wives Forum has ended in Owerri, Imo State, and they had issued a communiqué on their discussions at the meeting which was read by the wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun.
In the communiqué arising from the meeting which was presided over by the Chairperson of the forum and the wife of Imo State Governor, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, the women said, they would use the Forum as a mechanism to strongly support the programmes and activities of the wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Hajia Aisha Buhari.
The communiqué further read thus “to compliment the giant strides of the Southern governors for the overall development of the society and to promote unity and peaceful co-existence among the Southern States of Nigeria.”
It also read that “members of the Forum will aim at impacting positively on the lives of women, children, youths and the vulnerable in our local communities and beyond and to identify with and stand by members of the Forum at all times.”
The Forum equally agreed to carry out Girl child education and deal with child labour issues while promoting women empowerment initiatives, health issues and to build a secretariat for the Forum.
Out of the seventeen First Ladies expected at the inaugural meeting, eleven were in attendance. Those who attended included, Her Excellencies, Nkechi Ikpeazu (Abia), Monica Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Sherigat Aregbasola (Osun), Martha Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Edith Okowa (Delta), Olufunso Amosun (Ogun), Rachael Dickson (Bayelsa), Bolari Ambode (Lagos), Florence Ajimobi (Oyo), Osodieme Ebele Obiano (Anambra) and the Chairperson and host, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha.
The Southern governors’ wives had earlier paid courtesy call on Governor Rochas Okorocha at the Government House with the governor advising them to ensure peace among their governor-husbands not minding their respective political affiliations since such political party differences do not play any role when it comes to quality leadership and providing the dividends of democracy to the people.
Governor Okorocha also told the women to take the issue of family values very important against the backdrop that, the nation starts with the family, noting that “when the family is right, the village is right, when the village is right, the local government is right, when the local government is right, the state is right and when the state is right, the nation is right.”
In her speech earlier, the Chairperson of the Forum, Nneoma Nkechi said, they were in the state for the two-day inaugural meeting of the forum which was formed with the express permission of the wife of the president, Her Excellency Aisha Buhari.
She stated that the task before the Forum is enormous and as such requires the support of their husbands who are the governors to move the forum forward and help them achieve the lofty ideals of forming the Forum.