The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has officially inaugurated the Plateau State branch of her non-governmental organisation (NGO), Women for Change and Development Initiative.
Dame Patience Jonathan, who was represented by the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide explained that the NGO is a non-profit making, non-partisan organisation, which pursues the advancement of women economically, socially and politically without any form of discrimination.
She expressed pleasure at the large turnout of Plateau women and charged them to always participate effectively in any process that will bring about the upliftment of women, peace and overall national development.
The event, which was attended by the state governor, Dr. Jonah Jang and his wife Ngo Talatu Jang, the deputy governor, Mr. Ignatius Longjang and his wife, minister of water resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, senior special assistant to the President on MDGs, Dr. Precious Gbeneol and other dignitaries was also used to distribute empowerment materials like fertilizer, sewing machines, tricycles, motor cycles etc donated by the First Lady, MDGs, as well as other individuals and corporate bodies to the rural female farmers.
At the end of the programme the National Coordination of Women for Change and Development Initiative, Princess Rabi Ibrahim administered the oath of office on the state officials of the NGO.
Earlier in the day, the First Lady’s delegation paid a courtesy call on governor Jang at the new Plateau state government house, in Jos.
Receiving members of the team, governor Jang expressed delight at the visit because, according to him, the delegates of the First Lady were the first official visitors to the new government house, having packed in just the previous day.
The governor thanked the First Lady for the initiative of championing the course of women.