President of the Mothers’ Union, Women’s Guild and Girls’ Guild and Wife of the Bishop of Egbu, Mrs. Ngozi Okorafor has stressed the need to create avenues to assist the needy and indigent women in the society.
Mrs. Okorafor made the assertion her welcome address to the maiden August Meeting at the Diocesan level held at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Egbu, Owerri North local government Area, Imo State.
The Bishop’s wife explained that the idea of the Diocesan August Meeting was to provide a platform for raising funds and other materials needed to actualize the vision of the programme.
Mrs. Okorafor observed that some women with burning desire to enter into one business or the other were handicapped financially. She promised that the Church would deploy proceeds from the August Meetings to provide them with finances. She appealed to the privileged ones to donate towards actualizing the vision, adding that the success of the meeting financially and materially would lead to the realization of the set objectives.
She advised women of the Diocese to adopt the Diocesan Conference themes for their own August Meeting at station and parish levels.
While praising the Planning Committee members who had worked tirelessly to make the event a success, she thanked the women for appreciating the rural nature of the Diocese and the imperative of alleviating poverty among the congregation as well as empowering them.
Flagging off the event Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev Geoffrey Okorafor, applauded the women of the Diocese for initiating the maiden August Meeting at the Diocesan level. Bishop Okorafor urged them to ensure it was sustained while also hoping that subsequent editions would be better planned and executed.
The Anglican Prelate enjoined mothers to ensure there was a sense of direction in their families, having been positioned with that responsibility as home builders. He said they should be able td counsel their children especially the girl-child on good morals and social values and be able to know a lot about them including the companies they keep.
High points of the event included the lighting of the maiden Diocesan August Meeting candle by the women. Meanwhile the wife of the Bishop of Egbu has emphasized the need for skill acquisition especially among women and young girls to combat unemployment.
Mrs. Okorafor who stated this at the Bishops court, Egbu in Owerri North local government area, Imo State while interacting with newsmen regretted that a lot of emphasis has been shifted to paper qualification, resulting in most people becoming desirous to go to higher institutions whether or not their brains were active and capable enough to carry them.
She explained that as part of the policy thrust of her administration the women of the Diocese would initiate a programme that would expose the young girls to skill acquisition in order to make them become self employed, noting that the percentage of those who secure employment after their studies were very insignificant giving the need therefore to offer them the opportunity to learn a trade. “Even if they study in institutions of higher learning, the percentage of those who secure employment after school is very insignificant, so the opportunity to learn a trade-will be of great advantage to our young girls. That 1 am sure will prepare them for the future and marriage”, Mrs. Okorafor further explained.
Lamenting the moral decadence in the society especially concerning the dress code among young girls and some mothers, the Bishop’s wife said the Diocesan Women’s Council would intensify the fight against the vice through counseling, with the culprits involved in the crusade. She observed that moral decadence has eaten deep into the fabrics of the society, regretting that schools and peer groups influences have continued to have negative impact on the younger generation. Mrs. Okorafor also had words of advice for wives of those in leadership positions: “They should see themselves not only as mothers but role models, who should not allow power to intoxicate them”.
She further advised them to make humility their guiding principle while being worthy helpers to their husbands, serving as checks and balances on them. Furthermore., she said they should shun fanning embers of discord and igniting chaos between their husbands and those under them.