I’m very passionate to carry all the women along; and no woman should be left behind

~Ekaette Columba

•••plans to inaugurate women’s Forum for political inclusion

The wife of the chairman of Ikono Local Government Council, Mrs Ekaette Columba, has passionately resolved to carry every woman along with committment not to leave any woman behind in the land, during her tenure as the first lady of Ikono Local Government Area.

The chairman’s wife disclosed this on Friday, when she played host to wives of all councillors and supervisors with the passion to harness their God-given potentials, held at the council Secretariat, Ibiaku Ntok Okpo in Ikono Local Government Council.

While thanking women for honouring the invitation, she described them as leaders with innate vigour and energy for leadership drive, saying they are to see themselves as queens who should take charge of their respective homes. Acknowinging the important roles women play, she hinted that, husbands are kings and women must not forget them in their daily prayers, charging them to avoid unnecessary quarrels in their families.

“Don’t allow anyone to deceive you, I’m passionately committed to know your challenges in your wards and will ensure we jointly solve your individual problems. I have an interest in your personal growth; which is why, we are commencing a group called, ‘Forum of the Councillors-Supervisors’ wives in Ikono. This body would go along way to ensure effective participation in government by all women seated here. This is another way to carry you along. Your duty is to pray and never forget to keep your homes in good light. Always see yourselves as Queens of your families”. She said.

Mrs Ekaette, lauded them for their unalloyed support during the general elections and reelection of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel and other candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party in the State with overwhelming victory to the Umbrella party.

Expressing delight over the unity and love which exist amongst them, she said, massive empowerment for women is in top gear, asserting that all women would be fully empowered in the land, as doing so would enhance political inclusion and loyalty to Ntippe Ibibio Nation.

Commenting on the relevance of women in the society, the first lady asserted, Ikono is blessed to have beautiful women in the land who are well-versed with the culture, adding that women can only be effective in government if they dislodge that perception of remaining in the another room. She charged them to remain stakeholders in the business and penchants of community development.

Also speaking, the wife of the Paramount Ruler of Ikono, Akwa-ObongAnwan Margaret Nyong Obop, thanked the chairman’s wife for the rare feat attained. The monarch’s wife said, she wasn’t surprised when the people of Ikono voted Akparawa Itoro Columba into office, enthusing that as women in the community, they will do everything possible to support his administration by avoiding undue advantage and insult.

On her part, the former council chairman and member of Akwa Ibom State Technical Education Board, ObongAnwan Lovina UmoEffah, eulogized Mrs Columba for putting smiles on their faces. The erstwhile council boss encouraged women to remain the lifewires of peace, while preparing for rainy days which would definitely come, pointed that women are to support their husbands in planning for brighter future.

Other highlights were discussion on how to flag-off a school sentitization programme against rape and domestic violence inline with the vision of Governor’s wife, Deaconess Martha Udom Emmanuel, presentation of envelopes to wives of Councillors and Supervisors, brainstorming session on how to solve martial problems at home and prayers for women among others.

In her vote of thanks, the Council Secretary, ObongAnwan Ofon Michael and Supervisor for women Affairs, appreciated them for deeming it fit to interface with Ikono first lady. She assured the women of better government, urging them to feel free to interact with the Chairman’s wife as they had in her a promise keeper, ready to assist in every way possible.

Present during the meeting were the wife of Ikono Paramount Ruler, Akwa-ObongAnwan Margaret Nyong Obop, Former chairman of Ikono and member, A’Ibom Technical Board, ObongAnwan Lovina UmoEffah, Former Council Secretary, ObongAnwan Grace Okonnah. Former council secretary, ObongAnwan Iniobong Akpan, Supervisor for social welfare, ObongAnwan Glory James, Councillor representing the good people of ward 11, Hon. Emem George, Councillors and Supervisors’ wives.

Chairman’s wife later proceeded to Iton Odoro village in ward 2, for the inspection of a widow’s dilapidated house ravaged by flood. Mrs Arit Okon Akpan is a mother of 9 children, who is in her 80s. She doled out cash and other deliverables, pledging to build a new apartment for the widow.