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Girls Guilde Inaugurates Commissioner As Matron

Nuye Aaron

The Nigerian Girl Guides Association, Rivers State Branch, has inaugurated the Rivers State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr Roseline Apawari Uranta, as its Matron.

Performing the inauguration, Friday, the National Chairman, Trefoil Guides of the Association, Dame Christie Toby, in Port Harcourt, said the appointment was in recognition of Dr Uranta’s position as the State Commissioner for Women Affairs.

Dr Toby, who is also the Wife of a former Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Gabriel Toby, said “by this appointment, Dr Uranta, you are now a member of the Association and you are a big model to the girls and young women”.

“Your appointment as a Commissioner in charge of Women Affairs is not a mistake but a divine arrangement to offer leadership to the women of Rivers State”.

The Wife of the former Deputy Governor told the Commissioner that by her appointment as a Matron she now has the sole responsibility to be “a go-between with the Wife of the State Governor and the Association”, saying “your role is now double”.

She added, “you are hereby commissioned as an Ambassador for the Association”.

Responding, Dr. Uranta thanked the Association for appointing her as the Matron.

She reiterated her commitment to the Association saying, “I will always throw my support to the Association to excel in their programmes and activities.

“I will, on my honour, continue to promote virtues that will encourage the girl child and enhance the development of young women in all human endeavours”.

The Commissioner disclosed that the Association would be given a special position when the proposed Women Development Centre, to be commissioned soon, comes on stream, to enable members acquire skills to empower them economically.

Earlier in her speech, the State Commissioner of the Association, Lady Daba Harry, commended Dr Uranta for accepting to be their Matron and described the gesture as honourable and pleasant.

Lady Harry, who said the Association, a leading World-Wide organization, would continue to mould the character and skills of young girls, and remain committed to nurturing the girl child into responsible and empowered citizens in the society.

“Honourable Matron, your presence as a guiding light will inspire our Girl Guides to reach for greater heights and instill in them values of couragement, integrity, and service to humility”, she stated.

Highlight of the occasion was the decorating of the Commissioner with the Association’s Matron’s insignia by the National Trefoil Chairman, Dame Christie Toby, and the State Trefoil Co-Ordinator, Mrs Joyce Jamabo, assisted by the State Girl Guides Commissioner, Lady Daba Harry.

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