The President of a NGO, Ndokwa Daughters and Wives Association, NDAWA, Chief (Mrs) Philomena Egwuenu, has called on women to provide sound moral upbringing for the children in order to prevent them from becoming vagabonds in the society.
Egwuenu spoke at the commissioning of the Women Development Centre and the biennial award ceremony in Kwale, Delta State.
The NDAWA President said it was imperative to guide the youths in the choice of their role models.
She explained that the award of excellence was initiated by NDAWA as a way of appreciating “our awardees for being who they are.”
The group leader went on: “Another reason for this award is to re-direct the attention of our children and youths to the process of carefully choosing who their role models should be because our national values and pride have been very much eroded by individuals that pretend to be custodians of our values. Our youths would then be misled by choosing role models that are not strong-willed.
“To protect our youths from this problem, it is important for us as mothers to redirect the attention of our youths to those qualities they should watch out for when choosing a role model.”
Egwuenu, however, called on women to seek adequate education to enable them contribute to the development of the society.
She said: “For our women to enjoy the full benefit of contemporary living and to contribute meaningfully to the development of our local government area and the nation, they must be adequately educated.”
The group leader added, “Our association would, in order to improve the situation, carry out enlightenment campaigns on the need for the girl-child to have equal opportunities to education at all levels as their male counterpart because, as the saying goes, if you educate a boy, you have educated an individual but if you educate a girl, you have educated a nation.
“We are also trying to put in place educational support services for girls through advocacy and social mobilization, realising that education is a very powerful tool for the empowerment of women.”
On the Women Development centre, Egwuenu explained that it has trained over 200 women and youths in various skills and will also act as collection centre for information concerning programmes aimed at projecting womanhood.
‘’We are also encouraging the formation of small co-operatives, groups and associations in three LGAs.
The members of the groups will be encouraged to take advantage of the centre to acquire skills which will in turn enable them open up small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) as this is a condition for accessing funds from government and donor agencies,’’ she said.