The Wife of the Abia State Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu has led an array of women to visit her husband the Governor, with the aim of soliciting support for her advocacy on right of women and the girl child.
Receiving the Wife at the Executive Chambers of Government House, Umuahia, the Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu contended that women and the girl-child should be protected, as a defiled child is a destabilized child. He regretted that civilization has diluted the society’s culture and values for human rights and urged women to be more vigilant than they have been to build a better society.
Dr. Ikpeazu assured that all that is required to be done to ensure that issues of girl-child abuse and violence against women are dealt with would be done.
He also pointed out that the challenges of raising children in this 21st century is huge and advised parents to brazen up with the challenges.
Earlier in her speech, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu said they were in the Governor’s office to solicit his support for the advocacy the Office of the Wife of the Governor, in collaboration with Vicar Hope Foundation, is carrying about protecting the right of women and the girl child.
She called on all hands to be on deck to realize their objectives which include elimination of the abuses against women, child trafficking, rape etcetera. She thanked him and request he throw his weight behind the advocacy and said “when you empower a woman, you have empowered the nation”
Also speaking, the president of FIDA, Dame Victoria Akanwa and Prof. Roseline Ndimele, said they are optimistic that the State will become one of the best in Nigeria going by the passion Nkechi Ikpeazu exudes in championing for the rights of the women and the girl-child, adding that she has shown women that they can attain any height of their choice in the society.
The advocacy, which was rounded off in Michael Okpara Auditorium with A Special Teenage Girl Orientation programme had earlier been carried out by the Wife of the Governor to State House of Assembly, The Judiciary, the State Police Command and through writing of articles too.