by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The National Council of Women’s Societies of Nigeria (NCWS) has been challenged to remain a united and indivisible entity so as to be a true vanguard of women. This is to ensure inclusiveness and promotion of the rights and welfare of all women in the council.
Plateau State chapter President of the NCWS, Mrs Celina Ali, stated this during the inauguration of officials of the Association in Jos North Local Government Branch, at the Council Secretariat in Jos recently.
The National Council of Women’s Societies of Nigeria is nongovernmental and non-partisan women’s organization aimed at encouraging and improving the welfare, progress and standard of living of women in the country.
Mrs Celina Ali noted that, “The time is now apt for the issues involving women to move from the sidelines to centre stage and promote activities that would put women at the centre of progress and development.”
While commending the wife of the Jos North Local Government Council Chairman, Farida Bala Usman, for creating the enabling environment in the conduct of a peaceful election of its Local Government Branch of the organization, Mrs Ali appealed to her to sustain the unflinching cooperation and support she has been giving members.
Making her speech at the ceremony, Farida Bala Usman, who declared the convention open, assured of the Council’s unalloyed support to the National Council of Women’s Societies of Nigeria to improve the quality of life of women in the area.
While congratulating the new executive on their election, the Chairman’s wife charged NCWS members to embrace one another, irrespective of their diversities, so as to chat a way forward for the promotion of the well-being of women in the area.
In her remark, NCWS’s outgoing President, Mary Gyanga, commended Farida Usman for standing by her all through the time she spent as President, and urged her to give the incoming officials the necessary support to succeed. She also assured the incoming officials of her desire to give valuable contribution whenever she is called upon.
The newly elected NCWS Chairman for Jos North Branch, Priscilla Jonathan, appreciated members for the confidence reposed in them and assured of her determination to initiate programmes geared towards empowering women and girls in the society.