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Ndokwa Women honour Dame Okowa as ‘Ideal Woman of the Year’

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Wife of Delta State Governor, Dame Edith Okowa has been decorated as ‘Ideal Woman of the Year’ by the women wing of Ndokwa Neku Union (NNU).

This was disclosed by NNU Women Leader, Prof. Julie Umukoro  during their courtesy visit to Okowa penultimate week.       

Umukoro said, ”In commemoration of the International Women’s Day this year, 2022, NNU Women Wing in one voice, unanimously declares you as Our Ideal Woman of the Year,”

”That is in recognition of  your selfless efforts on sickle cell anaemia in the locality in particular and the state in general.”

While commending Dame Okowa  for granting NNU Women audience, Umukoro said, ”We cannot but appreciate this privilege being well aware of the great efforts and sacrifices you have had to make to create room out of the very crowded schedule of your office as First Lady of the State.

”We thank God Almighty for your motherly and affectionate disposition going by your pedigree of accommodating women always in your larger plan. On this note, I humbly introduce NNU Women Wing, an ancillary of Ndokwa Neku Union,  the apex social-cultural group of the Ndokwa nation.

”The women’s wing faction has in the last one year of her administration galvanized and brought together Ndokwa women from all walks of life to engineer peace, unity and progress in Ndokwa land and by extension, Delta State and Nigeria at large.

”Out of the 25 local government areas of Delta, Ndokwa land, covers three; Ndokwa East, Ndokwa West, and Ukwuani. It may interest you to know that the Ndokwa people are highly itinerant and have through migration spread round not only the Nigerian nation but extending to other African countries and indeed the world at large.

”Thus we have branches round the different states of the Nigerian nation and beyond. We have very strong diaspora representation in the United Kingdom, United States of America as well as upcoming branches in Spain, Italy and Germany.

”I am Professor Julie Umukoro, NNU Woman Leader Worldwide and I have led a delegation of my women here to accord you due recognition and appreciate  your dynamism, your doggedness, your devotedness and indeed your commitment to the health and wellness of the citizenry of Delta State. 

”We have you to thank for the prominence His Excellency has given women under his administration for in you he sees the efficient side of women. Please convey our heartfelt felicitation and gratitude to him and his administration for being so gender friendly.

”However, we shall be glad to have this gender friendly overture gain ascendancy in the Ndokwa area where, comparatively, there seem to be a yawning gap at the moment.      

 ”The hallmark of today’s courtesy call is to celebrate your great achievement under the  05 Initiative.Our visit therefore is predicated on your contributions, the effectiveness of your interventions and particularly, the giant developmental strides this has brought upon our dear Delta State. 

”In all, you have lived up to your words. We have therefore come to celebrate you as an icon of hope. For this, your name, Dame Edith Okowa, shall go down the annals of history as the wise woman who builds her house (Prov. 14:1).

”More significantly, your wish to establish one sickle cell clinic per Local Government Area (LGA) before the end of your tenure is nearly accomplished with approximately 19 out of a total of 25 LGA’s in Delta State.

”We are glad also to put on record that two out of the three LGA’s that make up Ndokwa land are already hosts of the sickle cell clinics! This indeed is a great feat that deserves accolades from Ndokwa women.”

She assured the first lady of the readiness of the union  to work toward the reduction of the impact of the sickle cell disease by ensuring that the clinics in their area work effectively.

”We shall work assiduously to help with drugs and blood donations from time to time. We shall also run workshops to educate youths on blood genotypes and as well as the implications of the wrong choice of a life partner,” she added. 

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