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Nigeria’s first Lady empowers 1,300 Rivers women

Reporters365 June 20, 2013 2 Comments
Nigeria’s first Lady empowers 1,300 Rivers women

The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Wednesday in Port

Harcourt empowered 1,380 women through her NGO, the Women for Change

and Development Initiative (W4CDI).

Jonathan, who also commissioned the South-South zonal office of W4CDI

in Rivers, said the empowerment tools would bring relief to benefiting


Each of the 23 local government areas in the state got 60 tools,

consisting of 30 sewing machines, 20 tomato/pepper milling machines

and 10 cassava milling machines.

The president’s wife urged the women to use proceeds from the tools to

augment their family income.

She said: “’We are here to empower women so that they can support our men.

“’If the need arises to pay school fees or even buy seasoning, the

women will be up to the task.”

Jonathan charged the women to remain united “because we are one”.

“The W4CDI cuts across parties. We are one, here we speak with one

voice. Let us stay united.

“If we stay united, we can move forward and we’ll achieve the 35 per

cent we’ve been clamouring for.”

She further enjoined them to remain peaceful because the present

administration was in favour of women holding key positions.

The Executive Secretary of the organisation, Linda Somiari-Stewart,

lauded the first lady’s initiative, saying “Nigerian women are better

for the efforts.

“She has gone beyond mere sloganeering to hands-on approach in

meeting women’s needs.”

In their separate remarks, the representatives of the some women

communities in Port Harcourt, Mrs Also Obi and Madam Silverline

Tamuno, expressed gratitude to Jonathan for impacting on their lives.

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  1. Joshua Jacob - JJ June 20, 2013 at 7:09 am

    At least someone is Working.. this is how its Done.. go down to the Grass root and found out what will really help the youth..

    Thanks My Madam at the TOP . Joshua from Niger State

    • Mathew Leke June 20, 2013 at 7:14 am

      You are right.. instead of taking the money to already developed nations like others do.. well part is spent here for Naija pples.. thumb up.. F-lady

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