FIDA Africa Regional Congress Opening Ceremony
The formal Opening Ceremony for the FIDA Africa Regional Congress was held on the 13th day of October, 2019.
The Red-Carpet event began at 5pm at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Center, Wuse, Abuja.
A beautiful warm Welcome Address was given by the FIDA Regional Vice President (North and West), Chief Mrs Victoria Awomolo, SAN.
The Chairperson for the occasion Dame Pauline Tallen, the Hon. Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, gave an opening remark and an address by the international president was made.
Goodwill messages were received from the following: The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, her Excellency Aisha Buhari, The Chief Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Hon. Justice, Dr Ibrahim Muhammed, Hon Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami SAN, ably represented by the Solicitor General of the Federation Mr Dayo Apata SAN,
FIDA International President Shadhana Gunaratnam ably represented by the FIDA International Treasurer Charisse Brown, from the Bahamas. Hon. Justice Mary Odili, President of the National Association of Women Judges and the Chairperson of the FIDA Nigeria Board of Trustees, Chief Mrs Tessa Ikimi. After which an inspiring and most motivational poem was presented by Dike Chukwumerije: ‘How Can I Help’.
The keynote paper was presented by Prof Joy Ezeilo on the Theme for the Congress “The Growth of Women and Children in Africa: Beyond Rhetoric”.
The opening ceremony was concluded with a vote of thanks by the Chairperson, planning committee, Mrs Amina Suzanah Agbaje.