National Council of Women’s Societies backs National Re-orientation Campaign

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    By CHRIS SULEIMAN, Abuja
    The National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) is to partner with the Federal Government to drive the national re-orientation campaign ‘Change Begins With Me’, according to NCWS National President Gloria
    Laraba Shoda.
    Mrs. Shoda announced the decision on Tuesday when he led a delegation of the organisation on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja.
    ”We crave the indulgence of the Minister to direct the NOA (National Orientation Agency) at the federal and state levels to co-op members of the NCWS during the advocacy campaign, ‘Change Begins With Me’
    ”This is important to us because a lot of Nigerians tend to view the
    campaign as having a political undertone,. whereas it is meant to
    provoke Nigerians to change from negative behaviours and embrace
    discipline and patriotism; it is meant to be a value added initiative
    for a better Nigeria,” she said.
    Mrs Shoda appealed to the government to set up a special task force to
    curb the cases of rape and child molestation, which have become
    rampant in the country.
    Responding, the Minister welcomed the support offered by the NCWS and
    explained that the “Change Begins With Me” Campaign is not meant to
    put any burden on Nigerians, rather it’s a deliberate effort to change
    their attitude for the good of the country.
    “We are particularly pleased that you have stretched your hand of
    fellowship to our new campaign ‘Change Begins With Me’. It’s laudable
    that you want to join us because from the way you spoke, you
    understand that this ‘Change Begins With Me’ Campaign is about
    National Rebirth; it’s about going back to those values that made
    women to be able to bring up their children in a godly manner,” he
    said
    Alhaji Mohammed said the criticism of the campaign from some quarters
    stems from misconception, noting that the truth about the “Change
    Begins With Me” Campaign is that it started from the top to the
    bottom.
    “People have criticized the campaign; some have said the campaign
    ought to start from the top and we agreed simply because they have not
    even followed the campaign. The campaign actually started from the top
    because the best campaign is that campaign that you do what you are
    preaching.
    ”This government is leading by example, especially Mr. President the
    Mr. Vice-President and Ministers.This is the least ostentatious
    cabinet you can ever have. We are all living and showing good
    examples. We obey traffic rules, queue up at airports and public
    places; we get to work early and close late,” he said.
    The Minister is optimistic that despite the criticism, Nigerians will
    soon imbibe the tenets of ”Change Begins With Me” Campaign and make
    it a huge success.
    “This campaign is going to succeed. The campaign is not asking
    Nigerians to do anything extra, we are not putting any burden on any
    person. What is our campaign? We are saying Nigerians must first of
    all resolve that the change we are looking for is in each and everyone
    of us; that all of us must change what we are doing from the negative
    to the positive,” he said.
    Alhaji Mohammed also assured the delegation that in spite of the
    economic challenges, the present administration is committed to its
    Social Intervention Programmes and that the payment of the N5,000
    Conditional Cash Transfer to the most vulnerable people in the society
    will kick off this month, while the process for the recruitment of
    500,000 people has also commenced.
    The NCWS, an umbrella body of women’s societies in Nigeria, was formed
    in 1958 to promote gender-related issues.

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