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NCWS urges Women Affairs Minister to intervene in crisis

THE Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Josephine Anenih, has been urged to save the National Council of Women’s Societies, NCWS, from disintegration.

National Public Relations Officer of the Society,  Elizabeth Odili, who made the appeal in a petition to the minister, alleged that various anomalies were going on in preparation for the forth coming national convention scheduled for April 27-30, 2011.

Odili alleged that the national executive body of NCWS did not meet in the last two quarters during which proposals for hosting rights by states would have been received, reviewed and awarded by its NEC.

She added that the notice of convention was unconstitutionally published by the president without the knowledge of the executive council or NEC, and that members were informed via text messages by the office staff, stressing that the content of the publication and choice of media were made by the president alone, in violation of NCWS constitution.

The PRO said that during the NEC meeting of March 25, 2011, the statutory convention committees were listed out but were not constituted, adding that exco members who asked for information on nomination forms were rebuffed and suggestions to defer the convention to a more appropriate date also rejected.

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