3rd May, 2012
A non-government organisation, Royal Daughters of Nigeria Initiative, recently marked its anniversary in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria. During the the event, which was held at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, distinguished men and women in the society who had contributed to the progress of the organisation, were honoured.
The awardees include the wife of the President and First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, Senator Ita Giwa, Eze Uche Dimgba, Eze Ndigbo Ikeja, Cosmas Okoli, Chief Chris Ekwilo and Princess Ndali Ubani among others.
The president of the organization, Chief (Mrs) Kate Onunwa (Nwanyi Chimere Eze) explained that the organisation was inaugurated last year by Dame Jonathan and since then, it had been growing from strength to strength.
She said the NGO was founded to take care of the less privileged in the society, especially women and children who need one assistance or the other to survive these hard times.
She noted that widows and less privileged people are going through a lot of trauma and the organisation, which now has chapters in almost all the states of the federation, was founded to assist them.
She said the Royal Daughters Initiative serves as a forum for uniting Nigerian woman irrespective of ethnicity and religion, adding that membership cuts across all tribes in Nigeria. The chairman of the occasion, Chief Emmanuel Okereke commended members of the organization for their efforts since it was founded last year. He noted that the organisation was new but they have touched the lives of the less privileged in the society.
He urged the government to pay more attention to what some NGOs are doing and partner with them to bring succour to the less privileged in the society.