By Emeka Akomas, Umuahia
The Chairman of Maize Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria, Abia State chapter, Dr Clement Uhie has charged women in the society to be good ambassadors of their homes and communities while advising youths in the state to build interest in acquisition of gainful skills
He gave the charge during the interment of late Madam Ezeonyeoma Mark, held at All Saints Methodist Church, Oboni Upah, Ikwuano LGA of Abia State.
He disclosed that his interest in agriculture was nurtured by the training he received from Madam Ezeonyeoma Mark, who in her life time was a merchant in cocoa, cassava and palm oil businesses.
Uhie further noted that several youths were brought up by the late Agric produce dealer, Ezeonyeoma just as he urged Abia women to preserve her legacy. According to him, ” Yes, she was my father’s elder sister.
“She was a great business woman who specialized in cocoa, palm oil and cassava processing and marketing and am around to tell you that I grew up studying her. She was not just industrious, she was a great home builder, caring and humble. Women and youth of today have a lot to learn from her.”
Our youths should develop interest in agriculture and other good skills”, he said. Uhie also used the occasion to point out that members of Maize Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria in Abia State had been lined up by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to benefit from Central Bank’s anchor borrowers agric scheme, to be financed through Ecobank PLC.
In his homily during the funeral service, the priest in charge of All Saints Methodist Church, Oboni Upah, Very Rev. Peter Emenike extolled the virtues of Madam Ezeonyeoma Mark who died at the age of 100.
He added that Ezeonyeoma was a great ambassador to the church and a selfless member of her community. The priest however, berated some elders in various communities for championing the course of hatred even as he warned Nigerian youths to shun drug abuse.