By Saby Onyenwe, Owerri
The NDDC-powered International Women’s Day Conference series has arrived Imo State where the women were tutored on what to do to enhance their abilities.
Women in Imo State and others states in Niger Delta are being repositioned to take the lead in economic emancipation.
To achieve this, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), working with Kaodili Cares Foundation, launched a conference scheme to liberate the women from such constraints as wrong or low mindset, lack of appropriate information, financial constraints, lack of good contacts, negative religious influence, bad association, and marital problems.
According to a consultant working on the project, Mrs Ifeoma Egbuonu, most women especially in the rural areas have wrong mindsets while others have a very low or poor thinking capacity. This, she said, could probably be because they were taught to depend on their husbands for everything and some don’t even believe in themselves. They believed that man is the bread winner while woman is a weaker vessel, she said.
NDDC has thus unleashed facilitators round the nines states to liberate the minds of the Niger Delta women because, as Mrs Egbuonu put it, every woman is a product of her thoughts. “Most of our women are not exposed to atmosphere where they can gather meaningful and useful information. They don’t access and process valuable information.’
Valuable information was pumped to them at Owerri on Friday, 14, 2019, at Rockview Hotel with top resource persons including Mrs Tobore Olumoye who said women everywhere have the potential to conquer the world but the ability cannot manifest if they decide to remain where they are. She said they must make themselves relevant so they can do better with what they have.
With the theme at the International Women’s Day Conference being #BalanceforBetter”,
Young women in Imo State between the ages of 27 and 40 across the 27 local government areas were in attendance.
It focused on various ways women can enhance themselves using modern technology like computers to link to others around the world and transact businesses to add value to themselves and families.
Mrs Olumoye urged every woman to be computer literate so as to enable them have access to public services, saying that for any woman to be relevant in this generation she must engage in learning, training and retraining. “Being relevant would make you closely connected and when you are relevant every body will stick to you and you will be sort after”.
Mrs Olumoye, the CEO of Ohhtees Concept Limited, stated that the International Women’s Day was set aside to celebrate women’s social, economic, political and cultural achievements all over the world. She added that the day was also to serve as a call to action for accelerating gender parity. “The conference will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, and more especially in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure”,
On how to be relevant, Mrs Olumoye stated that they must be educated, create value, be effective and efficient in communication, interact and with other people, know and develop stuff they were made and have an attitude for gratitude.
She charged them to endeavour to be relevant and be in charge and understand how their money works. “You need to be financially literate, you must grow your wealth and protect it. Most importantly, you must put all your affairs in order”.
Also in her lecture, entitled, “Passing the Torch to the New Generation,” Ibelema Green, another resource person and the Creative Director of The Greene Company, enjoined women to take up some challenges, assuring them that they would excel in the end.
She also advised that women should upgrade themselves in all aspects of life endeavour and inculcate in themselves the virtue of leaving legacies. “Women should not be keeping malice or be distracted by negative thoughts and always changing their minds from positive ventures in times of challenges. Rather, they should look after their children, remain relevant, be humble, loyal and take bold steps,” Greene added.
The conference moves to Calabar on Monday, June 17, 2019, according to Mrs Egbuonu.