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.