January 31, 2023 8:27 pm

Take 2023 elections seriously, State Vice Chairman Ohanaeze Youth Council tasks women, as OPCWO holds annual seminar


Women in Nigeria have been reminded that the coming transition provides another opportunity for citizens to take a new day at making a new Nigeria of their dream.

Speaking during the Year 2022 Owerri Provincial Catholic Women Organization, OPCWO annual seminar with the theme, “The Woman (Catholic): Heart of the Family”, the State Vice Chairman Ohanaeze Youth Council Abia state, Comrade Eugene Okonta also reminded them that year 2023 is the time to rekindle the candle of a new Nigeria.

Comrade Eugene Okonta

Okonta who is also the Chairman of the occasion said, “As we approach the general elections next year, it is imperative that the womenfolk should come out to support themselves and as well play a major role in enthroning a people oriented government”.

Okonta who maintained that, “This is no time to sit on the fence and later turn to blame games, clearly observed the position of effective prayers but reminded them that the practical work, which is voting during the election proper, is much necessary and will do the nation more good.

He said, “Today, women had played and are still playing important roles in the political, religious and economic fields in our world. Women have defied the odds to record feats above their male counterparts, which should receive more kudos and commendations from the male folk and the society in general.

“As you our mothers are gathered here today for this seminar, it is the duty of every participant here to put into practice all that will be taught to you today. Each and every one of you should stand and face squarely, the huge responsibilities both spiritually, physically, morally and politically that has been entrusted upon you in this distinct gender”.

While wishing the women a successful event, he encouraged them to continue to put more efforts in making their positions in the family, church and society, a position of pride, glory and honour.

Presenting a welcome address the OPCWO President, Ezinne Foster Madu decried the ills bedeviling the country, pointing out that OPCWO condemn and discourage violence of any type.

OPCWO President, Ezinne Foster Madu presenting a welcome address during the seminar

She encouraged the women to judiciously use their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs in the forthcoming general election to elect rightful candidates of their choice.

“I call on every mother because we are the heart of the family to take up her Rosary and cry out to our blessed Virgin Mother Mary who is the Queen of this great country, Nigeria for her powerful intercession. This is because, Rosary Is The Answer”, Ezinne Madu said.

Also in an address, the President, Catholic Women Organization Umuahia Diocese, CWOUD Ezinne Lady Victoria Aliba encouraged members of the Organization to embark on a crusade of educating the women on the importance of participating in the forthcoming election, adding that, “We can save our country and the future of our children by being obedient, having our PVCs and voting for the right people”.

Ezinne Lady Victoria Aliba CWOUD President delivering an address

Her words, “As we approach the 2022 general election, we are all reminded of our duty as Christians to vote for the right people as it will no longer be business as usual. We can make a difference by voting for credible people with integrity, fear of God and concern for humanity”.

Lady Aliba who described the theme of the seminar, “The woman (Catholic): Heart of the family” as appropriate, coming in a period where most women are the breadwinners in their respective families but reminded the women that the men remains the head of the family and should be respected.

“We owe it as a duty to God and humanity to always be the glue that binds or bring people together whether in the family, at church or in the society in general. As mothers, we should strive to treat all our children equally without favorites”, Lady Aliba advised.

A cross section of the Catholic women

Declaring the seminar open, the Auxiliary Bishop and administrator of Umuahia Catholic Diocese, The Most Rev. Michael Ukpong represented by Ven. Rev. Fr. Benedict Okike who exposed and expounded the theme of the seminar, “Woman (Catholic): Heart of the family”, reminded the Catholic mothers, that they are the most important element of the home, just as the heart is the central and most significant feature of the human body, through which life-giving blood is pumped and sent through “Our veins to sustain our existence”.

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