By Gabriel Chy Alonta
Ogidi Union Nigeria, Women’s Wing in Idemili North local government of Anambra state, last Thursday, conferred on the Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo (OON), an excellence award for her significant impact in the lives of women and girl-child in Nigeria and beyond.
Orient Daily gathered that the awardee, an astute scholar and renowned international figure, had touched lives of women, girl-child and children through her free legal aid services, bringing succour to children in difficult circumstances, spurring girl-child to realise their full potentials, promoting scholarship among them, among others.
Presenting the award during the 2019 Ogidi August Women Conference at Ogidi Town Hall, the president, Ogidi Women General, Home and Abroad, Dr. Amaka Okeke, said the women honoured her as a result of her laudable achievements in fighting for the course of women.
Okeke, who is a senior lecturer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, also reminded women that the occasion offers an opportunity to chart new course for women, stressing that the role of women in community development remains sacrosanct despite the insecurity challenges bedeviling the nation.
The president urged women to be alive to their expectations in order to sanitise the society, remarking that women have greater part to play in restoring the lost societal values among their children.
The president general, Ogidi Union, Nigeria, Chief Chuka Anubogu, while regretting the rise in moral values, tasked women to give more attention to their children to ensure they are of good conduct wherever they go.
In a remark, the traditional ruler of Ogidi, HRH Igwe Alex Uzo Onyido, enjoined the women to use the opportunity of the conference to foster peace and unity in the community, while commending the women wing for their enviable contributions in ongoing developmental projects in the community. He urged them to sustain the tempo.
The traditional ruler, who regretted apathy of women in registering with the women’s wing, warned that the women of the community who failed to associate with others would be duly punished thenceforth.
HRH Onyido further described the awardee as ‘one of the illustrious daughters of Ogidi’, while urging her to always keep in touch with the women in the community.
Responding, the awardee, Prof. Ezeilo, admitted that the recognition was one of the best among other accolades she got, because, it was given by her own people. She assured that support for women and girl-child in the community would remain her priority.
Ezeilo, who is also a founding director of Women Aid Collective (WACOL), a member of body of benchers, an NGO that promotes human rights of women and young people, noted that August women meeting, which, according to her has come to stay in Igbo land, has brought positive changes in the south east.
She described mothers as the salt of the nation, noting that nation building, development and survival was hinged on mothers, even as she charged mothers to brace up to the challenge in their immediate environment and entire community.
“Women have demonstrated transformational leadership qualities at every level, especially at the community level, where it matters most,” she enthused.