Okorocha urges women to plant palm trees
The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has called on Imo women to embark on aggressive palm-to-palm programme to revamp and sustain the state’s economy.
Okorocha spoke this during a one-day sensitisation workshop with the theme: “Kuo Nu Nkwu, Umunwanyi” (plant palm trees, women) organised by the Imo Women Development Centre for the Community Government Council (CGC) Women Leaders in the 637 communities.
Governor Okorocha, who identified palm-to-palm programme and the CGC as among the major legacies of the Rescue Mission administration, revealed that the palm-to-palm initiative was a awake up call for rural communities to revive and redirect their attention to aggressive palm plantation as a viable economic project which, when fully realized, would transform the economy of the communities, state and the country.
He said: “The sudden neglect of palm plantation and over-dependence on crude oil has been the bane of Nigerian’s economy.” He also revealed that palm fruit is a gift from God to the Igbo which must not be abandoned.
He maintained that the economy of the old Southeastern Nigeria was sustained by oil palm even before the discovery of the crude oil.
Governor Okorocha, who extolled the women for their great support to his government, said his administration had placed women at the main stream, considering their role, adding that he would always carry them along.
He urged the women to use their God-given gift and potential to make the palm-to-palm programme a huge success.
Governor Okorocha used the occasion to educate the women on the deadly Ebola virus and the need for precautionary measures to be taken to avert the spread of the virus.
Earlier in a keynote address, the Director-General,Women Development Centre, Imo State, Hon. Ndidi Noel Iheme, said the centre was to rank with the National Women Centre, Abuja with the objective to develop and empower women of the state, especially rural women, through impartation of skills that would enable them to engage meaningfully in small and medium-scale businesses with little funding.
Mrs. Iheme urged the women to embrace and propagate the programme to improve the economic and social well-being of women. She further said that the sensitisation workshop would have empowered and drilled the women leaders to be part of the driving force that would propel the economic emancipation of the rural communities, families and the state.
Present at the occasion were the representative of the wife of the governor, Her Excellency, Nkechi Okorocha, the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere and other government functionaries.
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