Southeast Women Demand Rapid Development From Government

Women-August-meetingSome Igbo women in Nigeria’s southeast have stressed the need for women from the region to come united irrespective of their differences to support southeast political leaders.

They believe that such support would enable elected persons deliver good governance, promote girl child education, eradicate poverty and ensure meaningful development for the people of the south east.

Their stand was echoed at the 2016 southeast August meeting organised by the wife of the Imo State Governor, Nkechi Okorocha. It was held at the Imo International Conference Centre in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, with the theme; “Looking at the Next Generation of Mothers”.

The programme was co-organised by the wives of the Governors of Anambra, Ebonyi, Abia, and Enugu, states.

It attracted dignitaries, both male and female across Nigeria especially of southeast extraction.

The main auditorium was filled to capacity, with women in colourful attires, traditional rulers, top government functionaries.

They gathered to witness the 2016 August meeting in Imo State, but this time it was not just for Imo women, but the women of the entire southeast.

It was also a session for fanfare and lots of drama.

In her address of welcome, the Imo State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Ngozi Njoku, explained the essence of the programme and its importance to the people of the southeast geopolitical zone.

The chairman of the occasion, former Governor of Old Anambra State, Jim Nwobodo, commended the organisers of the event for thinking it wise to unite the southeast region with such event that would not only impact on women but would also bring development to the Igbo nation.

In their different speeches, the host, Mrs Okorocha and her counterparts from Abia and Enugu, Nkechi Ikpeazu, and Monica Ugwuanyi, respectively, urged women to make good use of their positions as mothers to bring development to the southeast irrespective of differences.

This is the first August meeting that will bring all the wives of the southeast governors together and hopefully, there will be a follow up on most of the issues raised for the benefit and development of the people of the southeast.

President Jonathan Sends Birthday Wishes To Shonekan, Nwobodo

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has felicitated with Chief Ernest Shonekan on the occasion of his 79th birthday anniversary, saying that Nigeria owes the former Head of State a huge debt of gratitude for his immense contributions to national development.

“On behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I write to felicitate with you on the occasion of your 79th birthday anniversary, on May 9, 2015.

“Over the years, you have always readily given of yourself to the cause of peace, stability,

growth and development in our country, Nigeria. For this, we owe you an enduring debt of gratitude,” President Jonathan wrote to Chief Shonekan.Jonathan

The President wished Chief Shonekan a very happy birthday and prayed that God Almighty will continue to guide and bless him.

According to a statement by the Presidency, President Jonathan similarly felicitated with Chief Jim Nwobodo who celebrates his 75th birthday on Saturday, May 9.

In a congratulatory letter to the former Governor of old Anambra State, President Jonathan noted that Chief Nwobodo had every cause to celebrate and thank God Almighty for His benevolence on the joyful occasion of his 75th birthday anniversary.

“In a life that has seen you reach the apex of your entrepreneurial, public service and political endeavours, there is great cause for you, members of your family, your many associates, protégés and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for His benevolence upon you.

“As you deservedly celebrate this landmark, it is my prayer that Almighty God continues to bless you with robust health and many more years of happiness,” President Jonathan wrote to Chief Nwobodo.

He wished him very happy birthday celebrations.

Sambo Is Part Of The Winning Team – PDP

PDPThe People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has decried attempts by a section of the media suggesting a rift between President Goodluck Jonathan and his Vice, Namadi Sambo, ahead of the 2015 general elections.

The party has expressed implicit satisfaction in the working relationship between Jonathan and Sambo, further affirming the Vice President as part of the winning team.

A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, on Monday, restated what he described as the overwhelming confidence of the party in a winning team that has demonstrably transformed Nigeria in less than four years despite challenges.

“There is no doubt whatsoever that the Vice President has the implicit confidence of the President. The PDP is therefore very pleased that they are working together in actualizing the transformation agenda to the popular acclaim of both Nigerians and the international community.

“We wish to place on record as well that the 66th NEC meeting of our great party, which endorsed President Jonathan as the sole candidate of the PDP for the 2015 general elections, responsibly reasoned and anchored this decision on the outstanding performance of the Jonathan Presidency of which Vice President Sambo is an integral part of.

“This motion, which was unanimously endorsed by NEC, left no room for any form of speculation as Senator Jim Nwobodo, who seconded it, expressly commended both the President and his Vice for lifting the banner of the PDP very high while praying the NEC to approve the motion.”

The party added that its statement was to clarify obvious misinterpretation arising from its position at the world press conference on Sunday, where it averred that the President was yet to accept the sole presidential candidacy offered by its NEC.