Monday, 28 June 2021

NAWIS inaugurate new executive, calls for more participation of women in sports

Ukpa Ewa | June 28, 2021

 AWKA - Association of Nigerian Women in Sports (NAWIS) Anambra State Chapter has inaugurated new officials that will direct the affairs of the Association.

The inauguration ceremony was held at University Auditorium, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka.

Inaugurating the officials, the National President NAWIS Prof. Florence Bola Adameyanju said the objective of the Association was to promote gender equity, stimulate interest and mobilize women participation in sports.

According to her, the association was born out of difficulties to encourage women and girls  participation freely in sport activities.

While urging the chapter not to relent in creating awareness and career opportunities in sport, Prof. Adeyanju pleaded with parents to allow their Girl Child take part in sports as there were enormous benefit in it.

Earlier in her address, the chairman of the occasion Prof. Lilian Oby Orogbu noted that sporting development in primary , secondary and tertiary institution was in a decline thus the need to groom younger ones.

She however stated that sports was necessary for the overall well being of an individual.

"Sport is health and health was wealth. For every living creature sport was necessary".

Giving her speech, the first state coordinator NAWIS Prof. Oby Okonkwo going down memory lane on the formation of the body  in the state expressed delight over the successful inauguration admits  mockery and challenges faced.
"I personally faced many odds,challenges and even mockery that Anambra State Chapter may remain at the level of dream. After 30 years of personal sacrifices, the chapter is inaugurated".

Meanwhile, in March 2021, a formal election was held where Director of Sports Anambra State Sports Development Commission Faith Okwonna emerged as the new state coordinator , Okoro Nkiru assistant coordinator, Okpala Vivian Secretary with a team of other state officials.

Climax of the event was presentation of Award to Dr. Chinyere Esimone, Lady Ify Obi Station Manager Unizik FM, Chief Kindsley Uduh, Maureen Nkeiruka Mmadu, Prof. Carol Arinze -Umobi, Prof. Florence Adeyanju among others.