Sen. Okoroafor advocates empowerment of women
October 27, 2012 19:03
Abuja, Oct. 27, 2012 (NAN) Sen. Onyeka Okoroafor, has stressed the need for the government and public spirited individuals to give special attention to the empowerment of women in Nigeria.
Okorafor expressed the view in Abuja on Saturday during the launch of a N100 million women economic empowerment by Ohuhu Welfare Union, Abuja branch.
He said the empowerment of women translated to the empowerment of children.
Okoroafor , a Third Republic senator from Ohuhu, represented the chairman of the occasion, Sen. Eyinnaya Abaribe, Chairman, Senate Committee on Information and Media.
According to him, the empowerment of women is important considering that she is the one who feels the burden of the family.
‘’When the child or husband is hungry, it is the woman that feels it.
``When there is no food in the house it is the woman who lacks sleep over what her children will eat,’’ he said.
Okoroafor advised women not to relent in their efforts to empower themselves as part of efforts to enhance their sustainability.
However, he advised Ohuhu women to reach out to other Ohuhu sons and daughters yet to identify with the union.
Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, a former Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, urged Ohuhu women to be hard working, focused and have a mindset on how to be self- employed.
In a speech the President of the union, Mrs Nwakolam Ohadiugha, said the union was committed to empowering its members to enable them to establish their own businesses.
She said that those who had secured loans were able to turn around their finances and enhance the welfare of their families.
‘’It gives us a renewed courage to move forward to fulfil our mission of empowering our women to support their families.
‘’In furtherance of our economic efforts ,we have also acquired a 2,500 hectare piece of land in Gwagwalada to build female hostels that will accommodate first timers or transit visitors to Abuja.
‘’Our loan scheme has yielded fruits as beneficiaries have started new businesses while the existing ones are being expanded,’’ Ohadiugha said.
NAN reports that most of the beneficiaries of the Ohuhu loan scheme were present at the event to showcase their wares.
Ohuhu is one of the six clans in Umuahia and located in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia. (NAN)