Host Community Leaders and traditional rulers comprising Umudike and Umudike, Ukwu autonomous communities respectively in Ikwuano local Government Area of Abia State have re-iterated their resolves to collaborate with Michael Okpara University of Agriculture,Umudike (MOUAU) for peaceful coexistence.
It would be recalled that the visit by the Women Association of the university was to strengthening ties with host communities led by His Royal Highness Eze PeterOnyekwereAnyaegbu of Umudike autonomous community and his counterpart His Royal Highness Eze Ben Ogechi Oriaku of Umudike-Ukwu autonomous community respectively.
Receiving the delegation in his palace, HRH Eze Peter Onyekwere Anyaegbu described the visit as historic, considering the fact that none of the past vice chancellor’s wives have ever come close to their domains, except Mrs Bertha Otunta, the wife of the current vice chancellor of the university.
The royal father said the visit won’t be forgotten in a hurry, as he assured the team of total support of the host communities, more importantly on laudable programmes and policies that attract developments to the communities and particularly the womenfolk.
Eze Anyaegbu also noted that the visit by the association to the community would go a long way to provide the necessary opportunities for women in their domains to interact and exploit opportunities from the university apart from employments and admissions of youths.
Speaking during the visit, leader of the delegation, President, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike Women Association (MOUAUWA) and wife of the vice chancellor, Mrs Otunta stated that the visit was to flag-off the training programme of Umudike community women in various aspects of agriculture in the university agriculture unit.
She said the programme was carefully designed to accommodate women in the host communities, considering the present challenges facing women and girls in the society.
BarristerOtunta, who requested for greater collaboration told the royal fathers that apart from training of women, the Association is also fashioning plans to provide academic training for young girls and discourage early marriage, thereby bringing enhancement and solution to host community.
While she appealed to parents to cushion their wards against cultism, examination malpractices and other anti-social behaviors, the wife of the vice chancellor urged them to commit greater zeal in the training programmes ahead just as she said it remained solution to confront the nation’s current predicaments.
In her remarks, wife of HRH, Ugoeze Laura OgennaOriaku thanked Barrister Bertha Otunta for making history on the visit.
UgoezeOriaku solicited the support of the association in the area of provision of skills acquisition training, loans for farming and trading as well as offer admission and employment to the teeming youths and women of the host communities while she also assured MrsOtunta of the support of all and sundry to enable her succeed in her programmes.