A women group, under the aegis of Coalition of Niger Delta Women, have described the appointment of Dr. Roseline Apawari Uranta, as the Rivers State Commissioner for Women Affairs, as putting a round peg in a round hole.
The Niger Delta Women group made this declaration when her executives paid a courtesy visit to the commissioner’s office in Port Harcourt.
In a statement by the SA to the Commissioner on Media, Publicity and Protocol, Elder Omoni Ayo-Tamuno, the president of the group, Mrs. Mary Chijioke Mbagwu, expressed satisfaction over Uranta’s appointment.
While congratulating the commissioner, Mbagwu, who is also the Deputy Director of Women Affairs International Human Right Protection, explained that, “the visit was carried out to rub mind with the Commissioner to plan various programmes to articulate and ascertain critical areas of concerns and strategies for the advancement of women and the girl child.
“The group mission is to have a society where women of different culture, religion and racial belief can come together and speak in one voice, so that they can achieve their various goals.”
On her part, the women affairs commissioner, encouraged NGOs involved in women rights matters in the state to register with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.
Uranta explained that the registration will enable them enjoy Government patronage. She continued that the call became imperative in view of the fact that the CAC registration open doors for such groups to get Government support.
According to her, “it is only women groups that have such registration that will be affiliated with the Ministry.
“The present Administration under the leadership of Sir Siminalayi Fubara would do everything possible to consolidate on the gains of the immediate past administration to improve on the welfare of women.
“To achieve this, the State Government Skill Development Centre for Women would be Commissioned early next month. I am calling on the various Non-Governmental Organizations involving Women in the State to feel free and come to the Ministry with vital suggestions to improve the lot of women.”
The commissioner further thanked the group for the visit which she said was the first since she assumed office.