ISAAC OJO reports that the need for harmony in the family and effective participation in politics were the issues that dominated discussion when no fewer than 5, 000 women from Nimo Town Development Union (NDTU), Njikoka Council Area of Anambra gathered for their 2018 joint mothers’ Summit.
The women who were drawn from various works of life were beauties to behold in the red wrapper, white blouse and red footwear attires as they defied denominational differences and other divisive considerations to brainstorm on the common challenges of the town.
The mothers were not alone in the August meeting as their male counterparts largely from the leadership of the town union were around to offer moral support and remind them of their expected role in the development of Nimo.
The colourful event was spiced with March Pass by women from the various villages of the town, drama, dance and other side attraction.
Experts were also on ground to speak on healthy living tips and survival strategy for women in a recessed economy.
In her message, Dr Josephine Ilokanuno, National Woman Leader of NTDU urged mothers must be alive to their responsibilities as mothers and wives.
Ilokanuno said mothers were crucial to the existence of peace and harmony in the homes and encouraged them to play those roles with nobility and happiness knowing that it was the mind of God when he created woman as a helper to man.
She said the call became imperative at this time when Nigeria was in search of peace noting that time had shown that the men alone and use of coercion have proven incapable of ensuring peace.
She said she was confident that the new found unity among Nimo women as seen in the massive turnout of women at the event will engender greater development for the town.
Her words: “We must be diligent mothers to our children and good wives to our husbands; let us make sure we have our voter cards and participate effectively on electing our leaders. As mothers, we should not to forget our place as wives and mothers of the society but discharge their God-given role with all sense of happiness, commitment and dignity. Let us maintain peace and unity in our homes and communities so that the entire society will be good for us, because men alone cannot do it, women are helpmates men”.
Ilokanuno also under scored the need for women to come to take the issue participation in politics more seriously.
She said women with their huge number can influence the outcome of any election if they denounce their apathy to politics and become more active political players.
She they should endeavour to register and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) as they would be the weapon they would need to oust bad leaders and enthrone those that they believe could better their lots.
The woman leader reminded Nimo women of the massage of the wife of the governor of Anambra Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano that time was gone when were on the back seat of political arena.
According to her, we must participate actively in the political process to evolve the kind leadership we crave.
Speaking at the event, Dr Innocent Ugochukwu, chairman of the occasion lauded the new found love and unity among the women and expressed confidence that the joint Mothers’ Summit would further bond Nimo people together.
Ugochukwu said such summits had been at the church denominational levels but applauded the new leadership for being able to make the mothers in the community to sit and discuss under one roof.
He urged them to continue on the new path as promised that their husbands will always stand with them to enable them succeed.
“This is wonderful, they are colourful , I never knew we had this number of women in Nimo , thank God that they looked beyond Church and clan to come together, I wish them more successful outings.,” he said.
Delivering his goodwill message, Chief Tony Igboka, President General of NTDU expressed the delight on behalf of the community leadership for the mothers’ contribution to the development of the town and promised more support for their activities.
Igboka said they should take the community’s Civic Centre as their home and take it upon themselves to keep it in condition for use at all times while promising that the leadership would assist the women to realize their lofty objectives for Nimo.
The PG urged the women to take the message of their leader seriously and accord her all the support she needed to succeed.