2017 August Meeting: Imo Women Unite Nigerian Women In Celebration

By Vivian Iwu

Since the assumption of Office of the Rescue Mission Government six years ago, the wife of Imo State Governor, Dr. Mrs. Nkechi Rochas Okorocha has continued to innovate the yearly August meeting in the State to suit the times.
With this year’s theme bearing; “Women Building Bridges Of Friendship Across The Niger,” the first Lady of Imo State united Imo Women with every other Woman in Nigeria in a grand celebration.
The Epoch making event started with the arrival, the wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Hajia Aisha Buhari, who was received by the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and wife, in company of other wives of Governors at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport Owerri.
The glitz and glamour Train of celebrating dignitaries later proceeded to Hero Square where the Event unfolded.
In her welcome Address, the wife of Imo State Governor, Dr. Mrs Okorocha explained that this year’s August Meeting was special in every dimension, and of great importance in the promotion of Unity, Friendship and Love.
She identified Women as Agents of positive change, growth and development, pointing out that no Society can thrive without Women.
Mrs Okorocha emphasised the indispensability of Women in any Nation as fundamental Instruments for transforming the Society, stressing that development can only thrive in an atmosphere of Peace.
She called for maintenance of law order  among Nigerians, and enjoined Women to come together and fortify the bridges of friendship across the Niger, with the belief that there is strength in Unity.
Addressing Women of the South East, the wife of Nigeria’s President, Hajiah Aisha Buhari charged them to use the period of August Meeting to discuss issues bothering on Socio Economic and Political Development of the Nation.
She reminded the Nigerian Women of their enormous role in building Social Bridge of friendship to foster love and co existence in the Country, and encouraged Imo Women to sustain such initiative that promotes the World of Womanhood, their Strength, Talent and Experiences.
The wife of the President assured Nigerian Women of her support to the promotion of the Health and Well Being of Women, Children and the less privileged.
She commended the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha for giving Women in the State a sense of belonging by recognising their achievements and worth in the Society, and also his wife Nkechi for going extra miles to organise such noble Event annually.
Meanwhile the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha who could not hide his excitement on the occasion, spoke of the importance of Unity and Love in the progress of the Country, which cannot be undermined.
He encouraged Women to continue to support their husband’s in building their homes and the Nation, stressing that Nigeria would bounce back despite the economic situation being experienced now.
Owelle Okorocha described Imo Women as great supporters of their husbands and extolled his wife for taking August Meeting to a higher level.
However, in attendance were high profiled dignitaries including; the Governor of Zamfara, State Alhaji Abdul Lazis Yari, the wives of over 15 Governors and Service Chiefs, wife of the Senate President, Mrs Tonyi Saraki among others.
The high points of the Event was the competition by Imo Women on social activities like; Cultural Dance, Match Past, Football Match, Osomiri, and Food Exhibition.
Among the competitors from the 27 Local Government of Imo State, were women from Ideato South who took the first position,  women from Ideato North came second, while Nkwerre women took the third position.