Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri has lauded the Izon Ladies Association (ILA) for its resilient nature which he described as a testament to champion the rights and interest of Izon women to empower one another.
Governor Diri who was represented by Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government, Alabo Gideon Ekeuwei gave the commendation at the groundbreaking/three billion naira fundraising and lecture for ILA National Secretariat Complex in Yenagoa, saluted the women’s courage, dedication, and commitment in promoting Ijaw cultural heritage.
Chairman of the occasion, Chief Amagbe Kentebe who said the theme “Cultural Revival; Imperative for Unity and Sustainable Development for Ijaw Nation” is apt, explained that ILA is one of the oldest associations identifying with Ijaw people within and outside the country, noting that it is pertinent to build a secretariat and sued for support.
President ILA, Dr. Churchere Komonibo, while enumerating some of its Philanthropic activities to include granting of soft loans, donation to orphanages, scholarships, payment of medical bills for patients and identifying with sons and daughters of Ijaw Nation who have distinguished themselves in their chosen carriers.
Chief Launcher in the programme, Mr. Gesi Asamaowei represented by former Speaker Bayelsa State House of Assembly, former Member Representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, Chief Fred Agbedi and Chairman Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council, King Bubraye Dakolo gave goodwill messages.
Lecture on “Cultural Revival; Imperative for Unity and Sustainable Development” by Professor Benjamin Okaba, confirrment of tittle on founder of ILA, Reverend Jane Alek by wife for the Governor, Dr. Gloria Diri, dance and traditional display by the Bayelsa State Art and Culture troupe and goodwill messages from women groups and professional bodies formed highpoints of the event.