By Mike Mbonye
Johannesburg – Mr Adetola Olubajo, the newly-elected President, Nigeria Union, South Africa, (NUSA), has urged female members of the union to initiate projects and programmes that would further cement the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa.
Olubajo made the call on Saturday at the inauguration of the union`s women league, Gauteng Province chapter in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Olubajo, a former Secretary-General of the union, took over from Mr Ikechuckwu Anyene, a lawyer, at an election conducted on Sept. 2 in South Africa.
“ I urge you to initiate projects and programmes that will bring our country and South Africa together. In this way, there will be a synergy between Nigerians and South Africans,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes NUSA’s president as saying.
The president tasked the women to take advantage of the existing ties and bonding between both countries through marriage by their citizens.
“We should mobilise Nigerian colleagues and South Africans married to one another to promote unity between us.”
According to Olubajo, who hails from Odogbolu in Ogun, the union is determined to protect the welfare of Nigerians in South Africa by ensuring that the various communities are united.
He said:“ I urge you (women) to mobilise your spouses and ensure that they belong to the union.
“ NUSA belongs to all Nigerians. The women league has the task to mobilise all women, including South Africans married to Nigerians to become members.
“ We will forge ahead and achieve greater results as a united body.”
Mrs Chidilim Chukwuma, the President of the League, said they would ensure the integration of both countries by promoting their rich cultures.
“ We want to be the voice of women here. We live in a society where Nigerian women in South Africa are voiceless and are treated as second class citizens.”
Chukwuma said the league would bridge the gap through culture-sharing with the host country and integrate South African women married to Nigerians into Nigeria’s culture.
In his remarks, Mr Mathew Okafor, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the union, urged the women league to be good ambassadors of their country and do everything within their powers to consolidate the good relationship between the two countries.
“ I say this because all women will be looking up to you to deliver,” he said.
NAN reports that NUSA’s objectives include to support and promote healthy relationship between Nigerians and South Africans and other nationalities in the areas of trade, commerce, learning and culture.
It also educates and encourages Nigerians in areas of profitable investment and employment opportunities available to immigrants in South Africa as well as promote respect for the country’s laws and be law-abiding citizens in South Africa.
NUSA has also launched massive campaigns against drug and prostitution. (NAN)