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Women appeal to FG to tackle insecurity, unemployment


By Okechukwu Onuegbu



The Anglican Women Conference, Diocese of Awka, Province of the Niger, has appealed to President Mohammadu Buhari’s led federal government to address the challenges posed by insecurity and unemployment in the country.


The women, who made their position known in a Communique reached at the 35th Awka Diocesan Women Conference, held at St. Mark's Church, Aguluzigbo, Anocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, also identified herdsmen and farmers clash as issues the federal government should address immediately.


They, however, blamed the high rate of trafficking in human persons by the youths to the absence of enabling environment in the country, and advocated for used of vocational training and skill acquisition to empower the youths.


On the forth-coming gubernatorial elections in Anambra state, the Conference led by the President, Mothers Union Women's Guild and Girl's Guild Province of the Niger and Diocese of Awka, Mrs Martha Chioma Ibezim, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) to ensure it was fair, free and credible.


Ibezim, who is also the wife of the Archbishop Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Bishop Diocese of Awka Anglican Communion,  Most Reverend Alexander Ibezim, added that “There is a need for government to be more proactive in the security of lives and farms of Nigerians, as our women and children are the most vulnerable in security and food concerns. The government can do more to restore the confidence of farmers this farming season.”


Speaking during the event, wife of the governor of Anambra State, Chief Dr Ebelechukwu Obiano, represented by the former Chairman of Anambra State Post Primary Schools Service Commission (PPSSC), Lady Joy Ulasi, commended Archbishop Ibezim and his wife, Mrs Martha Chioma Ibezim, for their dedicated mission in empowering women in all ramifications; as well as their uncommon interest in the growth and development of women in her diocese and province, by engaging them meaningfully in skill acquisition, trade and education.


In a Church Service presiding the event, Archbishop Ibezim urged women to pay more attention to the responsibilities of motherhood and child upbringing. He said the theme of the conference was very captivating and tells women to look up to God.

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