Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
For being an outstanding role model to young people and women, Catholic Women of the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA ) on Sunday honoured Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike, Wife of the Rivers State Governor, with the award of the “Paragon of Light”.
Performing the conferment at the CIWA Chaplaincy in Port Harcourt, President of Catholic Women Organisation of CIWA, Mrs Ify Nkwo said the Wife of the Rivers State Governor has touched the lives of the people through her humility and commitment to the empowerment of women.
She said: “You (Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike ) have been a silent worker , a shining example of a virtuous woman and a light that can never be quenched.
“By virtue of being the first lady of Rivers State, you are the Mother of the state. You are a model of what motherhood is all about. You are indeed a true light in all ramifications. You are a paragon of both outer and inner beauty “.
The award of honour was part of the Church’s Women Day celebration.
In her remarks after receiving the award, Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike urged men to work towards gender parity as that is the only way the society will grow faster.
According to her, gender inequality would end the very day men resolve to do away with it. She noted that the marginalization of women is not in the best interest of societal development.
She called on men to always show love to their wives as that is a sure way to pass on worthy family values to the next generation.
“I also appeal to husbands to love their wives as this will translate to submission on the part of the wives. As for wives, they must avoid materialism .
“I am happy that I accepted this invitation. It is not often that women offer this kind of recognition and I don’t take it lightly “.
In his homily, Very Reverend Mosignor Pius Kii said men and women compliment each other, hence the need for gender parity.