A gender promotion agency, Talk Show with Philomena, has ended a sensitisation programme in Ondewari community in Southern Ijaw Local Government, Bayelsa State, with a call on youths to shun criminal activities such as pipeline vandalism.
Facilitator of the programme, Mrs. Philomena Lafieghe, regretted that through such act of vandalism, many youths in the area had lost their lives. She said the programme was part of the measures to sensitise them (youths) to the dangers of social vices in order not to endanger their lives any more.
She, therefore, called on mothers not to rest on their laurels but to take charge of their children’s upbringing in order to save them from social vices.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Responsive motherhood and the role of women in peace building’, Lafieghe advised the women to improve in order to assume leadership positions. Emphasising the role of women in nation building, she said despite the enormous contributions, women are still relegated to the background hence the awareness.
Lafieghe, who noted that women should play complementary roles in the family, also advised them to aspire for greatness in all areas.
Also speaking, the Director, Kebikache Development and Resource Centre, Mr. Emem Okon, described the programme as apt and identified ignorance as a setback for women.
Okon commended the National Assembly for the passage of 35 per cent affirmative action for women and called for its implementation as well as an upward review.
In his remarks, a community leader, Chief Constance Weju, advised women to make education a priority as well as see themselves as an integral part of the society. While applauding the convener of the programme, participants appreciated the knowledge gained.
They appealed to the state government for inclusion of the Ondewari community in its scheme of things and also empower the women to be self-reliant.