* Mrs Chinedu Nwachukwu exco rolls out schemes for market women, girl-child career
* As deputy governor charges new SWAN executives
By Wisdom Nwachukwu
The evening was electrifying at the 4th floor auditorium at Landmark Hotel in D-Line, Port Harcourt. It was the master of ceremony that noticed it early to remark that female accountants now outshine their earlier beaters.
It was the 4th investiture of the Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria (SWAN), Port Harcourt District. The mighty and high were present, including the highest placed woman in the state, deputy governor, Dr Ipalibo Gogo Harry, who was represented by Barr Inegogo Fubara, her senior special assistant.
When the time came, the professional women showed the level of brains as they unveiled striking programmes that would mark out their term.
Women accountants in Rivers State have rolled out schemes to bring financial literacy and basic bookkeeping to market women in the state to prepare them for bigger loan handling.
This is as the deputy governor, Ipalibo Gogo Harry, has charged the newly inaugurated executives of the Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria (SWAN) led by Chinedu Nwachukwu to partner with other groups to bring more underprivileged market women into economic prosperity.
SWAN rolled out the schemes when the executives were unveiled at the investiture event at Landmark Hotel in D-Line area of Port Harcourt on Sunday, December 15, 2019.
Unveiling the schemes in her presidential address, Nwachukwu said: What financial ignorance does to our people, especially market women. We see how it keeps them out of financial inclusion and benefits. We plan to expand the programme to take place monthly. To encourage the women, we propose a small loan package for the best book keepers.”
On scholarship scheme, she said: “This is a girl-child emancipation scheme. The few underprivileged girls that have so far benefited in this scheme have always been transformed from helplessness to hope. When we visit them, we see fire in the eyes and a determination to excel. This gives us joy. They represent hope from the hopeless.
SWAN also unfolded a mentorship scheme for girls thus: “This scheme is another turning point. The situation of most girls that fell off the ladder was so touchy that a one time First Lady in this state saw the great decay in the girl-child community and had to set up a scheme to rescue girls that lost their way through unwanted pregnancy, school dropouts, those surviving by selling their bodies, drug addicts, etc. Her research showed that many of them are hooked and would want to trace their steps back but cannot. It is easier to arrest the situation before damage is done.
“Our scheme thus tries to do a bit of this by going to schools to try and stop the calamity from taking place in the first place. We continue to seek partnerships in trying to accomplish this task.”
She said the SWAN has an awareness drive because awareness remains their most important scheme and tool in getting the girl-child into substance. “Accounting as a branch of study does not only offer a girl a career or profession but it plays a big role in creating order and discipline in the life of a student of the course. It deals with figures and projections and thus helps a girl-child to begin early to respect figures, data, plans and projections. When a girl is dealing with this, she would easily assess any relationship that is put on her palms. She would deploy the tools of analysis and assessment to interpret what is before her and take wise decision.
“We will continue to preach this message to female students in Rivers State through our various outreach programmes with the support of our partners.”
Commending the SWAN, the deputy governor, who was represented by her senior special assistant, a lawyer, Inegogo Fubara, urged the Nwachukwu-led executives to join her various emancipation schemes in the state towards women and the girl-child. She said the governor, Nyesom Wike, was doing huge job on women emancipation.
The chairman of the occasion, the senator, Olaka Nwogu, represented by the managing director of Hinterland Limited, Obarido Nwogu, commended the women accountants and described them as pillars of modern professionalism. He said Nwachukwu has been a huge influence on her fellow women as well as male colleagues in Hinterland, saying much is expected of her in SWAN.
In her lecturer, the professor, Chinyerem Madumere-Obike, represented by a senior lecturer in Uniport, Catherine Ukala (PhD), said a career woman has no accepted definition because there can be no career woman without managing the home. She also showed that those regarded as housewives were truly career women in many other duties and trades they sustain successfully. She urged professional women to watch their health because of multi-tasking.
The first chairperson of SWAN in PH, Omubo-Dede Felicia, who won awards along with other past leaders of the Society, urged past chairpersons to rally round the executives to move the Society forward. She said she was impressed by what Nwachukwu is doing so far.
The national chairperson of SWAN, Felicia Aina Bangbose, who was represented by a council member and Fellow, Elizabeth Modupe Oyeduntan, urged the new executives to stick to the core values of ICAN and carry all members along with integrity and transparency.