Women of Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state have pledged their preparedness to take active roles in leadership as a measure to curb criminalities in the area.
The women noted that the time to sit on the fence and watch the society, particularly their folks suffer increasing marginalisation and intimidation ocassioned by their vulnerability was over.
Speaking during a 2-day leadership summit, themed, “Inspiring Women to Lead, Engage and Impact Knowledge”, President, Ogidi Women, (Home and Abroad), Hon. Mrs. Ify Okonkwo lamented increasing violence, rape, cultism, drug abuse, among others in the area, calling for holistic approach by women to address the menace.
She said, “This summit is to reawaken the consciousness of Ogidi women to sufficiently discharge their responsibilities towards curbing criminalities that have eaten deep into the community and society, at large.
“This is not time to sit on the fence and watch women suffer increasing marginalisation and intimidation as a result of their vulnerability, neither is it time to be docile and unresponsive to these ugly trends.
“No doubt, without women involvement and engagement in leadership positions, our community will be in imminent jeopardy. We need women to change the status quo in our society.”
“The menace of cultism is glaringly seen and felt, following the recent development in our dear state. Such notorious groups must be discouraged – here, women and mothers have roles to play in cautioning their wards.
“Similarly, parents must ensure they pay closer attention to their children to prevent them from indulging in illicit drug intakes. The negative effect of drug abuse on our children is staggering: It is often a catalyst for other heinous crimes in our dear community and state”.
Chairman of the occasion and Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Political Matter, Barr. Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, identified poor leadership, poverty, peer group pressures, among others as responsible for increasing cult activities and other vices.
Speaking on the topic “Cultism: The role of women in combating menace amongst youths”, Obi-Okoye stressed that the women, who he described as the home builders should rise to their responsibility of moulding their children into responsible citizens.
On his part traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Pharmacist Alex Uzor Onyido, described the event as apt and timely, challenging the participants to ensure lessons learnt were implemented.