Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Akwa Ibom indigenes commit to credible governorship election in Anambra

 Ukpa Ewa | August 4, 2021

AWKA - Indigenes of Akwa Ibom resident in Anambra state have restated their commitment to the growth and development of their host state, including ensuring a credible gubernatorial election come November 6 2021. 

President of Akwa Ibom Community in the State, Akparawa Edet Solomon gave the assurance during the 2021 Akwa Ibom Women Conference "Repositioning Women for Adaptability in an Ever Evolving World"  held at Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka.

He said his community's contributions to the state over the years have been evident, particularly in public service and business world, noting that the forthcoming poll would be another opportunity to make their presence felt in the state.

According to him, the conference was targeted at rebranding the association and reshaping minds of members, especially the women towards positive thinking.

 "Since a new administration came on board, we've been trying to rebrand the association, in terms of our activities and the way we think and reason". 

"This event, the first of its kind in the history of the association in the state is part of the rebranding. Our women have a lot to contribute to the development of the state, including voting for credible candidate in the forthcoming election." He said

On the alleged marginalization of non indigenes in the state, Solomon said, "You can't rule out marginalisation in any society because human wants are insatiable. Even some of the indigenes themselves complain of marginalization".

"As non indigenes, we need a governor that will provide us with enabling environment for growth and business success. We'll keep on pushing for positive actions to ensure better lives for our people in the state."

Speaking during the event, the keynote speaker Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Social Re-Orientation, Dr. Mitchelle Onugbolu in her remarks advised women to contribute their quota towards reshaping the political climate of the state.

She regretted the pathetic disposition of most women, especially in political activities, blaming it on age-long indoctrination and culture.

According to her,  the situation was worsened by those who found themselves in political positions but could not deliver due to lack of adequate preparations and apparent intimidation from their male counterparts.

 "I think it's a long stretch indoctrination and culture of women not believing in themselves. People always equate women to children and think they are like them".

"Sometimes, men are bully, instilling fears in women that they can't do it. For them any woman that comes out will be frustrated. If you can do it and have what it takes, lobby for it and you'll see the men supporting you."

The 2021 maiden women conference of Akwa Ibom community had women across the 21 Local Government Areas in the state in attendance.

The event was capped with health talk, dance and drama presentation by women of the community