The wife of the Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs. Rachel Ogonna Umahi has decried the level of moral decay in the society and called for concerted effort to tackle the problem.
She made her feelings known during the flag off of African Motherhood Conference organised by SistMentors Africa in collaboration with her office at Akanu Ibiam International Conference Center, Abakaliki.
The wife of the Governor who was represented by the wife of the Chief of Staff, Mrs. Patience Offor Okorie noted that women play important roles in the home and advised them to do their job adding that the societal ills would reduce if they carry out their duties well.
She encouraged them to always seek the face of God and inculcate sound moral values in their children, especially the girl-child for a better society
“I am not comfortable with the level of moral decay in our society today. The many cases of out of school girls and planned and unexplained travel abroad which end up in prostitution make me uncomfortable. African culture of training girls early enough for marriage and self confidence has been lost and they need urgent revival”
She commended the founder of Sister Mentors and motherhood organization for her initiative and enjoined participants to listen attentively to enable them actualize their dreams.
Earlier, the President and founder of SistMentors Africa, Mrs. Chinyere Funmilola Dike said that the aim of the conference was to raise visionary women and girls as positive change agent to tackle societal crises.
While she lauded Mrs. Umahi for accepting to host the maiden conference, she urged women to be alive to their responsibilities so as to address the problem faced by women as a result of lack of proper upbringing.
“The way your mother brings you up is what you will be forever. If your mother brings you up badly, you will be a bad man or bad woman but if your mother brings you up in a good manner you will also be good mannered”.
On their part, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Agu Mkpa and the Director of Advisory Board, Dr. Brian Reuben said that the conference was to reawaken the consciousness of women to the ideal motherhood pointing out that when women understand their calling they would make tremendous change in the society.
They appreciated Governor Umahi for the infrastructural development in the State and called on the masses to support the present administration.
There were goodwill messages from the First Bank representative, Mr. John Okoye as well as the representatives of Google International and Globacom
The event featured presentation of award of excellence to the wife of the Governor and cultural dance.
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