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Nigerian Girls Guides Inducts Obiano As State Patron

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue Awka

The Nigerian Girl Guides Association on Wednesday invested Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, wife of the Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano as State Patron and member of association.

Mrs. Obiano (middle) congratulated by Mrs. Orakwute, Commissioner of the Nigerian Girl Guides Association, Anambra State and other members of the Association after her Investiture and Enrolment as State Patron of the State chapter at Government House,  Awka on Wednesday.

Mrs. Obiano (middle) congratulated by Mrs. Orakwute, Commissioner of the Nigerian Girl Guides Association, Anambra State and other members of the Association after her Investiture and Enrolment as State Patron of the State chapter at Government House, Awka on Wednesday.

Mrs. Obiano was invested at a brief ceremony held during a visit by senior officers of the association at Government House Awka, Anambra State.

Speaking after the installation, the State Commissioner of the Nigerian Girl Guides Association, Mrs. Uche Orakwute told Mrs. Obiano that she was found worthy for the investiture because of her dedication to the service of the people and for coming to introduce herself at a meeting of the association last year without protocols.

She described Mrs. Obiano as “a woman of open heart, a lover of children, a mother General and a Lady Olave Baden Powell of our time.”

Mrs. Orakwute, who also administered the oath of honour on Mrs Obiano, said that the Nigerian Girl Guides Association came into Nigeria in 1919 as a character training organisation based on its motto Promise and Law, as well as dynamic programmes for the advancement of girls and women.

She said that the association was voluntary and open to all girls and young women without distinction on basis of religion, status, tribe or any other circumstance.

Accepting the honour, Mrs. Obiano said she had always identified with the Girl Guide Association. “I always wished to be a member but never fulfilled the dream. But my daughter is an active member and has attended several camping programmes. In fact, she once stayed with a host family in United Kingdom for two weeks on a Girl Guides programme.

“Your organisation is a noble one and we will in our own way, help to spread the news to ensure that our young girls join, so that you can have membership across all the Local Government Areas.”

Mrs. Obiano thanked the executives of Nigerian Girl Guides assuring them of her assistance. She said though the Office of the Wife of the Governor was not statutory and had no budget for operations, she would do all she could through her nongovernmental organisation (NGO) and pet project, the Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), which intervenes with donations to empower the less privileged members of the society like indigent widows, who are trained to be meaningfully engaged.

She said, “It may interest you to know that this is the way I support my husband to improve the fortunes of some members of our society. Just the way he is committed at issues of governance, I try to contribute my quota through CAFÉ because that is what we are used to.

“We are committed to touching lives positively because leaving our children thousands of miles away to serve at home will amount to nothing. That is why we continue to work hard to spread dividends of democracy in every way we can.”