From Omale Adama Lokoja
The National Financial Secretary of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Dr. Tunde Arosanyin has challenged women to rise above family, religious and societal pressures to contribute to nation building.
Arosanyin gave the charge at the inauguration of an agriculture-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), ‘Community Life and Sustainable Development initiative’ founded by a retired educationist, Mrs Ebun Joel on Friday in Lokoja.
He noted that a typical African woman always had it tough combining career with her ascribed roles as a wife and mother but held that with dint of hard work, dedication and perseverance they could make a difference.
Many women, he said, had their names written in gold because the defied all odds to cut a niche for themselves and impact humanity and therefore, urged women in Kogi to take up the challenge.
Dr. Arosanyin, who chaired the occasion, urged them to exploit their numerical superiority to aspire, contest and win top political position to engender positive development and contribute to nation building.
He particularly commended Mrs. Joel, who through thick and thin retired “gracefully” after 35 years of service to establish the NGO, in the bid to contribute her quota to humanity.
Mrs. Joel, in her remarks, said she was driven by passion for community development, women and youth empowerment adding that the initiative was aimed at holistic development of the communities.
The NGO, she said, would focus on the areas of agriculture, education and health among others to bridge identified social and economic gaps in the society especially among women and youths.
Chairman of Kogi NGOs Network (KONGONET), Mr. Victor Adejoh, commended Mrs. Joel for the initiative and promised the network’s cooperation