Women, Raise Your Children Well – Mrs. Umahi
By Lucy Anyim
During the flag-off of the 2019 Women August meeting organized for Ebonyi Central Zone at Ezza North Local Government Headquarters, Ebiaji, the wife of the Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs. Rachel Ogonna Umahi has enjoined women to raise their children well to enable them to become responsible citizens.
Mrs. Umahi who noted that proper upbringing of children and positive attitude towards self enhances growth and development encouraged women to do the needful in order to eat the fruit of their labor.
While she described security as every body’s business, she advised women to respect their husbands as well as promote peace in their respective domains.
She said, “What will attract you to God or to man is your character and your conduct. Be of good conduct and don’t insult your husbands. God will console you with your children. Dress well. Don’t wait until you get expensive cloth before you dress well. Confidence is not in your cloth”.
The Governor’s wife enjoined them to observe personal environmental hygiene and always go for a medical check-up to avoid sudden death. She urged them to report cases of spousal battering and other harmful practices against women and children so as to punish the offenders.
Earlier, the Chairman of Ezza North Local Government Council, Dr. Mrs. Nora Oluchi Alo and the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Justina Mgbada commended Mrs. Umahi for the restoration of self-esteem in the lives of Ebonyi women and for being the brain behind the emergence of three women as Local Government chairmen.
“Your Excellency, you have provided a grant for many women to set up businesses and today you have many women entrepreneurs in Ebonyi State and a lot of women are producing different kinds of goods”.
They poured encomiums on Governor Umahi for his infrastructural development in the State adding that Ebiaji road which was impassable has become a concrete road and pledged their solidarity to the administration.
In their goodwill messages the pioneer first Lady and wife of the Senator representing Ebonyi North Zone, Mrs. Eunice Ukamaka Egwu, Lady Francis Mgbada, Mrs. Lilian Nwankwo, Mrs. Rebecca Ogbuewu and Mrs.
Chinwe Oka thanked Mrs.Umahi for promoting issues affecting the wellbeing of women and admonished mothers to monitor the movement of their children to reduce cases of rape, kidnapping as well as other security challenges.
Other stakeholders who spoke including the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Mr. Ken Uhuo, the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, the Chairman of Ezza South LGA, Mr. Sunday Ogodo and his Ikwo counterpart, Elder John Nnabu described the theme ‘effects of insecurity on women and children’, this year’s women august meeting as timely
They maintained that the security tips would help them to carry out their daily activities and be protected as they are most attacked during the crisis.
There were lectures on the effect of insecurity on women and children as well as how insecurity affects the health of women and children including Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law.