By Ime Silas

The Akwa Ibom State Chapter of Asiwaju Women Cooperative Society, AWCS, has been inaugurated with Dr. (Mrs.) Theresa Edem as State Coordinator. Also inaugurated were the Senatorial District and Local Government Coordinators. The new State Executive which was sworn-in penultimate week by a legal practitioner, E. I. Ekanem, Esq., also has  Dr. Abasiama Isidore as State Secretary.

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, the Iyaoloja of Abuja, Chief (Mrs.) Toyin Badmus who is also National Coordinator of the group, described AWCS  as a cooperative society with the sole aim of empowering Nigerian women for better living.

The National leader who was represented at the occasion by the Zonal Coordinator, South-South-Imaobong Akpan Akpan- further urged the women of Akwa Ibom State to key into the group with the view to benefitting from its numerous empowerment programs.

Others who were also sworn-in included Mrs. Emem Ukpong Collins as Financial Secretary, 
Mrs. Caroline Gregory as State Treasurer, Princess Enobong Ukpong as Director of Welfare and Mrs. Emem Christopher as Publicity Secretary.

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Others were Mrs. Ekaette Amamkpa as Organizing Secretary, Mrs. Mary Solomon Essien; Media Director, Miss Immaculata Valentine,  Coordinator; Young Women Affairs, while Mrs. Uwem Nyong was sworn into the State Executive as Director of Religious Affairs.

While Mrs. Mfon Daniel Okorie was inaugurated as Market Women Representative; Mrs. Mary Friday Bassey, Mrs. Anni Akpan and Mrs. Racheal Essien were sworn-in as Uyo, Ikot Ekpene and Eket Senatorial District Coordinators, respectively whileMrs, Umoh Rose Ibangha emerged as the Coordinator for Ikot Ekpene Federal Constituency.

In her acceptance speech, the newly sworn-in state Coordinator, Dr. Theresa Edem who spoke on behalf of other excos, thanked the leadership and members of the group for the confidence reposed in her and pledged to carry everyone along in order to achieve the noble ideals of AWCS in the state.