Southern governors’ wives met yesterday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, for a Girl-Child sensitization program.
The hostess and wife of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, explained the importance of the forum.
She said, despite party affiliations, the “Sisters” should exchange ideas that will complement the tasks of their husbands in building a more progressive society.
Mrs. Emmanuel also said over 16 million teenage girls in Nigeria were pregnant; adding that the figure if not checked may go higher.
Mrs. Emmanuel said the interactive session was organized to sensitize and inspire the Akwa Ibom girl-child to aspire for greatness.
Also, the Chairperson of the forum, Mrs. Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, (wife of Governor Rochas Okorocha) charged Nigerian girls to be proud of their identity, saying the girl-child has all it takes to become great in the society.
In her words, “I charge you girls to study hard and be serious with your education, remember a dint of hard work and faith in God will guarantee your future.”
Speaking on behalf of the group, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha said the “Sisters” have pledged their unalloyed loyalty to Hajia Aisha Buhari.
Mrs. Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, who doubles as the chairman of the group, also said the 17 member forum should be used as a platform to build a new Nigeria which is poised to complement the efforts of their husbands through their respective pet projects.
Meanwhile, Governor Rochas Okorocha lauded the government of Akwa Ibom State for according the “Sisters” a warm reception.
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel while receiving delegation of the forum in his office commended the Southern Governors’ Wives Forum for their motherly role towards the development of their states and Nigeria in general.
Mrs. Aisha Buhari is currently vacationing in London.