The Mothers’ Union appreciate the wonderful gesture of the Province of Niger under the capable leadership of the Archbishop and Dean emeritus of the church of Nigeria and Bishop of Aguata Diocese Most Revd and Mrs. ChristianEfobi, the Bishop of Awka, Rt. Revd (Dr) and Mrs. Alexander Ibezim and the entire bishops and wives of the Province of the Niger for washing the saint’s feet.
- The theme of the Mothers’ Union Executive Meeting, “who is on the Lord’s side? (Exodus 32:26, 1 Kings 18:21) is apt at this period of man-made economic recession and moral decadence in the nation. The Union encourages Christians to be focused on eternity, preach the gospel in season and out of season, deny themselves, take up the cross daily and follow Christ, knowing that there is no mediocrity in serving God and the faith that is not worth dying for is not worth living for.
- The Union calls Christians to pray in the midst of the gods of this world vis-i-vis money, fashion, phone, internet, unholy social media , greed, appetite, pleasures, homosexuality, and form of covetousness which have stood as challenging factors to the christen faith. The executive encourages Christians who are the beacons of God’s light, to stand for the Lord, trust Him continually and be a good cheer in the face of the tribulations in this world because Christ has overcome the world. JN 16:33
- The Mothers’ Union urges Christian to walk in unity, support one another, submit to authority, avoid every form of flamboyancy, stop the blame game, mentor the younger generation, be wary of gifts which can blind the eyes and kill. The Union urges all to re-strategize when one method of achieving a godly goal is not working.
- The Union appreciates God’s wisdom in uniquely creating the woman from the man, making her a helpmeet and brought an indispensable part of Nation building. The Executives praises the Lord Jesus Christ who brought women to limelight and enjoins all women to boldly venture into every godly facet ofsociety or work to make their contributions without fear, especially in politics.
- The Union calls on the Government to provide enabling policies for women, promote gender equity, give scholarships to women who excel in their chosen professions, empower women and remove every barrier to their success.
- The Mothers’ Union reiterates that Agriculture is a major solution to the economic recession currently rocking the Nation and therefore encourages all to embark an aggressive farming, produce and patronize Nigerian made goods and also urges the federal Government to support mechanized farming all over the nation in order to combat this recession
- The Mothers’ Union Executive alerts all and sundry to be security conscious especially when entertaining strangers.
- The Union decries the state of insecurity, lack of social amenities, high level of inflation, hike in pump prize of petroleum products and the non-payment of workers and retirees’ salaries and pensions respectively which have resulted to high level of poverty in the nation. While applauding some of our governors for prompt payment of workers’ salaries the house calls on other governors to borrow a leaf from them. Also the Executive calls on the President MahamaduBuhari led administration to alleviate the suffering of the masses by looking for ways out of the economic down town, improving the security situation and massively rehabilitating and reconstructing roads all over the nation.
- The Union condemns unequivocally the incessant killing of Christians by BokoHaram and Fulani herdsmen who maim, rape, kill and destroy property and farm land all over the nation. The Union applauds some governors for their attempts in curbing the menace.
- The house appeals to the Federal Government to look into the memorandum of understanding reached with Academic staff Union of Universities in order to check their move to down tool in October and to forestall the attendant consequence of strike actions
- The Mothers’ Union encourage all and sundry to eat more of natural foods especially vegetables and fruits and take lots of water in order to avert attendant sickness which occur asa result of eating junk food
- The Union calls on everyone to partake in wealth creation management by being determined, dedicated and disciplined in their investments. The House encourages youth to acquire additional qualifications that will give them competitive edge over their contemporaries and also learn a trade in order to earn extra income.
President Mothers’ Union
Mrs. Faith ChukwunenyeEzeh - Chairman
Dr. Felicia Oduntan - Member
Mrs. Felicia Oruwori – Member
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 6TH BIENNIEAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE OF DIOCESE OF ORU, HELD AT ST. STEPHEN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH OTULU, FROM THURS. 7TH – SUNDAY 10TH APRIL, 2016.
INTRODUCTION:The conference extols the Lord God Almighty for His divine protection and guidance to all participants in this year 2016 women conference. The women conference magnifies the Lord for our Bishop and Patron of the Women and Girls’ Ministry, Diocese of Oru, The Rt. Rev’d Geoffrey NwokediriohaChukwunenye (Ph.D), our amiable indefatigable and dynamic mummy and President of Women and Girls’ Ministry, Dr. Mrs. Joy NkiruChukwunenye (Mama Oru), for their tireless efforts in piloting the affairs of this diocese, especially those of the women and girls ministry.
The conference appreciates in a special way the presence of the following persons:
Mrs. OnyinyechiMaduoma, wife of the Bishop of Ideato and Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province.
The wife of the first Archbishop of old Province II, Mrs. Janet Nwankiti.
The wife of the bishop of Awgu-Aninri – Dr. Mrs. Joy N. Ugwu.
- Nneoma Dora Okoro – wife of Archbishop Emeritus, Owerri Ecclesiastical Province and Mama Orlu.
- Godiva Ukanwa- Mama Isi Mbano
- Joyce Chukwuma- wife of Archbishop of Enugu Province.
- ChinenyeOsuegbu- Mama Okigwe
- NgoziOkoroafor- Mama Egbu
- OluchiOgunedo - Mama Mbaise
- Blessing Onuoha – Mama Okigwe South
- Joy Oparaojiaku – Mama Ohaji/Egbema
- IjeomaOti – Mama On the Lake
- Esther Ebisike- Mama Ngbo
- Dame NkemIkeako – Mama Amichi.
- Mrs.Elsie .N. Nwokoko- Mama Niger.
- ChinweEzirim, wife of late Bishop of Aba Ngwa North.
The conference also appreciates our special guests, the wife of former Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs. IfeomaEkwueme and her entourage which includes Lady NgoziEkwueme, Mummy’s nominee to the conference, our guest speaker, Prof. Rose Ebenebe from NnamdiAzikiwe University Awka.
The conference equally appreciates the numerous goodwill messages sent in especially one from the wife of the Bishop of Lagos and former Dean Church of Nigeria and Bishop of Lagos province, Mama Oluranti .I. Ademowo.
Our special gratitude goes to all the delegates from 34sister diocesesthat were present.
The theme of the conference “You have stayed long enough in this mountain” (Deut. 1: 6b) is very important at this point in time when Christians appear to be stagnant. It is expedient for Christians to break new grounds in evangelism. The conference therefore resolved that they would move forward to avoid loss of sense of direction and tedious wanderings and prolonged stay in wilderness.
The gains of moving forward include divine health and connections to higher level of knowledge of God. So, when we move forward for His name’s sake, He will bless our food and water and take away sickness from us. (Ex. 23:25).
In addition, moving forward enables us to key into God’s divine destiny and plan. Therefore, the conference resolved that for us to move forward, we should have a progressive mindset that is ready to spend and be spent for God and also ready to live a sacrificial life for God and be ready to leave the comfort zone.
The women conference appealed to the government not to sack workers as this will further increase the level of crime, poverty and insecurity in the state, rather, they should create jobs for the unemployed and advise the private sectors to do the same.
Furthermore, the women conference welcomes the fight against corruption but warns that the government should not make it a fight of witch-hunting or pay back.
The women conference called for the constitution of economic team of experts to address the alarming and prevailing economic situation in the country.
The women conference appreciates the efforts of the health sector to kick polio out of Nigeria and advised that this fit should be sustained.
The women conference agrees with the World Health organization that about 300,000 Nigerian children are prone to die of malnutrition this year. Therefore, delegates strongly advocate the creation of awareness to mothers through jingles, seminars, workshops and also to endeavour to eat adequate diet as a preventive measure and to maintain a clean and hygienic environment in order to avoid such deadly diseases as Ebola, Lassa Fever, Zika Virus, etc.
The women conference joins the global community in condemning in strong terms the abduction and forceful conversion of our young girls to Islam and marriage, therefore, the conference urged the women to speak out against these vices if we want them to be stopped, and further advised ourchildren especially the girls to be cautious when dealing with strangers.
The women conference had also noted with dismay, the menace of Fulani herdsmen that have settled in our villages and regularly rape our women and girls, maim and sometimes kill the farmers after destroying their farmlands by grazing their cattle on these farmlands, the conference therefore called on the federal government to find lasting solutions to these evils.
The conference encourages every church in the diocese to embark on short term projects like cucumber, fish farming, etc, preservation of things like oil, bitter kola, groundnuts, etc which they would sell when the demands are high and also embark on long term projects such as building of lock-up shops, small scale industries like pure water production, soap making, etc.
The women conference appreciates the judicious use of the N200 endowment fund paid by all the women in the Anglican Communion in Nigeria and so encourages every woman to make sure she pays it annually.
The conference called on all Christian faithfuls to avoid malicious gossips, divisions, homosexuality, nudeness, foods offered to idols, collection of money from politicians to sell their conscience, rather, they should instill the spirit of generosity, witnessing and prayers in our families and churches as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The women conference agrees with the standing committee of Mothers’ Union that women should eat fresh foods, fruits and vegetables and so encourages women to endeavour to make use of the available or to take advantage of various immunization and vaccination programmes going on now especially against Hepatitis B, measles and others and to endeavour to go for pap smear and other tests to prevent the risk factors associated with cancer of all types.
- Lady EbereAnuonye
- Lady Gloria N. Amadi
- Lady Philomina N. Nta