By Ikeugonna Eleke
A women’s empowerment and advocacy group, African Women Forum for Good Governance (AWFG), has praised the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, for recognizing and rewarding Mrs Eunice Ngozi Onuegbusi, an Ukwulu indigene who rejected N5, 000 offered her by a political party agent to sell her vote.
Mrs. Onuegbusi had been seen in a viral video that surfaced during the just concluded governorship election in the state vehemently rejecting the bribe and opting to vote according to the dictates of her conscience.
Governor Willie Obiano had in appreciation, invited and rewarded her with a cash of N1million.
Reacting to the developments, the founder and CEO of AWFG, Hon. Justice Chinwe Iyizoba, (JCA RTD) lauded Obiano for recognizing her, saying such could serve as a morale booster to other women.
Iyizoba said, ‘One of the visions of our NGO is to identify such women, empower them in their businesses, political aspirations, and other endeavors, in order to create a new crop of rural women.
‘It is necessary for our politicians to learn that the only way to make progress in politics is by providing the people who elected them into office with good governance through the provision of the necessary social amenities to make life worth living – good roads, good schools, jobs, good healthcare, water supply, electricity, etc.’
She called on the government, public and private institutions to recognize the importance and relevance of women in the scheme of things.
Iyizoba, who added that women deserved greater representation in governance at all levels, said women, as mothers of the nation, knew where the shoes pinched and had a lot to say and contribute towards making things better.
She praised Obiano for identifying Mrs Onuegbusi and rewarding her accordingly.