CASE STORY: CHANGING THE OLD PART OF GOVERNANCE AS A RESULT OF HAD WORK AND RECOGNISING THE ROLE OF WOMEN GROUPS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
My elevation to the position of the traditional ruler of my community Mkpamte in Igboeze North local government area of Enugu state was made possible to a large extent by the women of my community. When I had problem with my community people based on the fight I entered into to protect the rights of the less privileged, some members of my community especially the men folk saw my action as detrimental to their interest and plotted to divert the community people against me. The u boat watches replica sale women stood their ground and supported me in making sure that justice was done.
This singular act of the women informed the decision of my community people to elect me as the traditional ruler of my community with contesting it with any other candidate.
The peace and unity that exist in Mkpamte community today was made possible by the intervention of DEC programme with women in my community since 2013. The effort of the women in making sure that peace and strong unity of all segment of my community people made me and my entire cabinet members not to think otherwise in changing our constitution to include women in the Igwe in council and other decision making bodies in the community. Out of the 20 member cabinet of my council, women are 4 and this is the first time we are having women in the traditional councils in the local government area.
As a result of their important contributions to the issues of developing the community, we also have 4 women in the town union executives and 14 women out the 54 neighborhood watch in Mkpamte.
DEC activities and programmes in my community has thought me that the secret of governance in the community is best when you have more women in these decision making bodies as their resolutions are easily met than that of the men. Also it gives room for easy administration and implementation of projects because they are very prudent in spending and mobilization of resources and ideas.
Thanks to DEC Enugu for her work in transforming the place of women in the social and cultural world of men especially in the area of exercising powers and authority
HIS Royal Highness
Igwe B U Ujah
The traditional ruler