By; MKPUMA ENYINNA, Abakaliki
The wife of Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru has said that, `Better Health For Rural Women , Children And Internally Displaced Foundation (BERWO) is a call to impact positively and better the lives of Ebonyians.
The official flag off which took place at Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki featured the unveiling of the foundation’s logo and the launching of a rehabilitation centre for GBV survivors, among others.
In her address, Mrs Maudline Nwifuru said that one of her remarkable achievements over the period in office has been improvement in healthcare delivery and accessibility in all parts of the state to better the lives of rural dwellers.
She further noted that her office has done a lot in community development, women and youth empowerment, crisis response and relief, cultural preservation and Heritage, among others.
Mrs Nwifuru also noted that it is evident that her leadership has already had a profound impact on our state as she has been bestowed with different honours and awards, adding that her tireless dedication, vision and commitment to service have set a remarkable precedent for what can be achieved when leadership is driven by a genuine desire to uplift and empower communities.
Responding, Governor Francis Nwifuru pledged to support the foundation by making life meaningful for rural dwellers and improve the standard of living of the people through this foundation.
He appreciated the wife of the President, Oluremi Tinubu, for inspiring wives of governors towards providing quality life for the society.
Nwifuru added, “The initiative will serve as a base to address the health issues of rural women, their empowerment and uplifting from poverty.”
Umahi acknowledged that health as part of objectives of the foundation is most appropriate in improving the well-being of people of the state.
Umahi, the Minister of Works and guest of honour at the event, noted that Ebonyi State has continued progressively on the part of self actualisation, building confidence for growth and development.
While Commending Nwifuru’s wife, he added: “The choice of your pet project is good because there is need to take care of women, children and other vulnerable groups.”
Others who spoke at the event, including the Chairman of the occasion, Sir Edward Nkwegu and the Team Lead of BERWO, Nkechi Echiegu, further called for support for the Governor’s wife.
Echiegu, wife of the Chief of Staff, Government House, Ebonyi State, Emmanuel Echiegu, explained that the initiative was not just a project but a manifestation of a shared vision to address pressing issues and to foster a better quality of life for all residents.
Echiegu added, “The project envisioned a society that supports women, youth and children to achieve their full potential with improved health care, better education and facilitating active involvement in economic empowerment.”