*BY AKANDU JAMES in Umuahia*
Wife of the Abia State Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, has charged Ladies of St. John International to ensure the promotion and protection of welfare of the girl child in the society.
She said it would beneficial to society in general if the right of the girl child was protected, particularly in education.
Mrs. Ikpeazu spoke during the maiden award ceremony of Ladies Auxiliary Knight of St. John International of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs LAUX 396, Umuahia, held at Mater Dei Cathedral,
The Abia First Lady who was represented at the occasion by the wife of the Deputy Governor, Lady Vivian Ude Okochukwu, described women as home builders, adding that the importance of women in the society cannot be quantified in all ramifications.
She therefore charged them to brace up to the upbringing of the girl child by ensuring that they were exposed to modern education to save them from being victims of undesirable elements in the society.
She emphasized that without education the future of the girl-child would remain bleak and commended the Ladies for being proactive, while calling on them to remain pacesetters in the society.
Welcoming guests, the Respected President LAUX Commandery 369, Ugoeze Lady Elizabeth Chukwu, said the programme was organized for the Order to raise fund for the procurement of evangelism Coaster Bus, which, according to her, would be used to spread the gospel of God.
She also said that the idea of acquiring the coastal bus was to facilitate their work of charity such as visitations to hospitals, motherless babies’ homes, prisons, physically challenged persons and the aged.
Lady Chukwu, who applauded the ladies of the Order for their supportive roles, warned them against patronizing miracle centers and new generation churches, which, she said, has done more harm than good in the society.
Chairman of the Planning Committee, Chief Lady Elizabeth Nwagwu, explained that their members undergo a lot of stress during visitations, necessitating their call for assistance to procure the evangelism bus.
Recipients of the Pillar of Support and Great Achievers Icon of Catholic faith award, Sir John Pedro Irokansi, Sir Enyinnaya Ogbulafor, Sir Anselm Agommuoh, Sir Dr. George Anchor, Engr. Sir Emma Okafor and Sir Ambrose Nwachukwu, among others, applauded the ladies for their foresight and humanitarian services in the society, urging them not to relent.
Majority leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Engr. Chinedum Orji, who was honoured with the Royal Achiever award, enjoined the Ladies not only to participate fully, but also pray for a successful 2019 general election in the country.