The two-day meeting of the wives of the governors of states in the Southern part of the country has begun in Owerri, Imo State, with eleven out of the seventeen governors’ wives expected at the meeting in attendance.
Receiving the First Ladies operating on the platform of wives of Southern Governors Forum, who had paid courtesy call on him, the Imo state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha charged them to ensure peace among their husbands (governors); adding that political affiliation has no tangible role to play when it comes to quality leadership.
The governor told the governors’ wives, “It is commendable that wives of governors in the southern part of the country could come together under one umbrella to talk about the way forward. This is the beginning of a new story in Nigeria.”
The governor continued “I appreciate all of you for coming together under one umbrella irrespective of party affiliation to champion a course for the good of the nation. That is why I see women as unique creatures from God and any nation that undermines their potential is bound to fail.”
His words, “The nation starts with the family. I would not have become a governor if I had no family. Ideal families bring about ideal nation. Nigeria should work towards restoring family values. The Forum should create a programme that would enable them discuss issues of family. As governors’ wives you are in a better position to address the issue of family and unity among the women.”
He added “you should revisit the issue of family values in your meeting. When the family is right, the village is right, when the village is right the local government is right, when the local government is right the state is right and when the state is right the nation is right.”
Governor Okorocha also thanked other governors wives for honouring his wife by electing her first among equals’ adding that women do exploits when they come together.
In her speech earlier, the chairperson of the forum, and the wife of the Imo state Governor, Nneoma Nkechi said, they were in the state for the two-day inaugural meeting of the forum which was formed with the express permission of the wife of the president, Her Excellency Aisha Buhari.
She stated, “We are in the state for our inaugural meeting. The wife of the president instituted the forum. And we cannot do it alone without the support of the governors in the zone. We therefore appeal that you talk to your fellow governors to give support to the forum to enable it succeed.”
She stated that the task before the Forum is enormous and as such requires the support of their husbands who are the governors to move the forum forward and help them achieve the lofty ideals of forming the Forum.
The Imo First Lady thanked her colleagues from the Southern Nigeria for unanimously electing her as their Chairperson and for showing her great love since elected, promising that she would not let them down.
The following First Ladies were in attendance, Her Excellencies, Nkechi Ikpeazu (Abia), Monica Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Sherigat Aregbasola (Osun), Martha Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Edith Okowa (Delta), Olufunso Amosun (Ogun), Rachael Dickson (Bayelsa), Bolari Ambode (Lagos), Florence Ajimobi )Oyo), Osodieme Ebele Obiano (Anambra) and the host, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha (Imo).