ANAMBRA State Government has honoured 18 women with its Achievers and Excellence Awards.
The outstanding women were presented with the awards during this year’s Mothers’ Summit which held at Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka.
27 deserving recipients who met the criteria were awarded in six categories which included; seven awardees as Women of Excellence, three as Epitome of Leadership, three as Business Ambassadors, two as Sports Amazons, two as Beacon of Hope, and nine women as Beacon of Faith respectively.
Some of the award recipients were the wife of Late Nnamdi Azikiwe, Professor Uche Azikiwe, the first female Governor in Nigeria, Dame Virgy Etiaba and a former Minister of Women’s Affairs, Iyom Josephine Anenih.
Also honoured were the Permanent Secretary , Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Mrs Ifeoma Anigbogu, the Chief Judge of Anambra, Justice Ijem Onwuamaegbu, a renowned author, Chimamanda Adichie among others.
Presenting the awards, Governor Willie Obiano said the women were recognized for their immense contributions to the development of the society.
Governor Obiano announced that the women would be honoured with the ‘Grand Commander ‘of Anambra State during another special programme next year.
He noted that his administration placed much emphasis on women development and had tailored its agenda towards promoting the emancipation of the female folk.
Governor Obiano stressed that more women farmers would benefit from the over N3 billion loan to be secured from the Central Bank of Nigeria for farmers in the area.
The wife of the governor, Ebelechukwu Obiano said she was happy over steps taken by the administration in the state to empower women.
Mrs Obiano, explained that Anambra Women Achievers’ Awards is set out to recognize and honour selected Anambra women of exceptional and excellent achievements without regard to age, party or religious inclination. According to her, “the list is not exhaustive but we chose to start rather than deter. Many of you are equally award winners and will be duly recognized in due course”.
Mrs Obiano reiterated her desire to addressing issues affecting women by offering succor to them in healthcare delivery, provision of houses, conveniences and other empowerment tools.
“The theme of these years Summit: ‘Promoting Gender Balance and Social Values’ was aptly chosen to direct the attention of Anambra women to issues on the front burner both nationally and across the globe as they affect adequate participation of women in the growth scheme of society,” she said.
The Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Child Development, Lady Ndidi Mezue said women were paramount in the present administration’s development plans as it had designed good strategies to reduce their sufferings.
The event featured the presentation of forty oil and garri processing, digesting and grating machines to women from the 21 local government areas of the state