Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
As women all over the world celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day with the theme, “choose to challenge”, the Local Government Chairman of Boki, Pastor John Ewa has applauded women all over the world especially those from Boki for their contributions to the development of the country.
He said he had so much confidence and was optimistic that women had the ability to effect positive changes if they were given the opportunity. He stated that most women who had held public offices in the country had been exceptional in discharging their duties effectively, hence his conclusion on what they could achieve, if given the opportunity.
Ewa who added that Boki women and their contemporaries both at the national and international levels have made in route fields and endeavours erroneously thought of as exclusive to men revealed that their zeal and commitments to duty is none to other.
He said some of the women- the late Prof. Dora Akunyeli of NAFDAC, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of WTO, etc were seen doing exploits and setting the pace in politics, education, public service, etc.
He added that worthy of note in the Boki nation were Sen. Dr. Rose Abang Wushishi (late) who was the first female AIG of police; Tina Agbor, first female Secretary to Government of Cross River State; Prof Florence Obi, first female Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar.
The International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.