Mothers from the South East of the country under the aegis of Ogbako Ndi Nne, have slated a meeting to find a solution to the menace of organised baby vendors in the region.
The event, which holds at Nike Lake Resort, Enugu on July 26, 2014 is organised by Access Media Limited, publishers of Working MOMs Africa magazine.
According to the project coordinator, Mrs. Mary Ikoku, Ogbako Ndi Nne, was designed specifically to discuss issues of motherhood with particular reference to building a safe nation for Nigerian mothers, infants and children in the region.
She said the theme for the maiden edition was “The Baby Factory Conundrum” (A social discourse on the growing menace of baby factory activities, its debasing impact on motherhood and the pain of forced motherhood).
Ikoku said experts from the government, the UN and other organisations in the region were expected to be in attendance at the event, noting that the Summit had received support from Vlisco Nigeria Limited, makers of Hollandaise cloth.
Explaining the reasons for her company’s support for the Summit, Marketing Manager, Multi Channels, Vlisco Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Ada Alilonu, said Vlisco stood strongly against “inhumanity of any kind to indigent young women that turn them into a means of living for some desperate persons who regard it as business”.
According to her,” We will lend our voice to Working Moms in saying no to baby factories and yes to wholesome, beautiful and gracious Igbo women”.
She said that the Vlisco brand holds a place of pride in the lifestyle of the Nigeria woman.
The project coordinator for Ogbako Ndi Nne said the UN Rapporteur on Human Trafficking, Dr. Joy Ezeilo and former Minister of Education, Prof. Chinwe Obaji will deliver thought provoking keynote papers, adding that other erudite speakers on maternal issues like Prof. Obioma Nwaorgu, Prof. Nnennaya Kanno would feature as speakers.
She added that each paper presentation would be followed by a panel of discussion by experts and stakeholders as well as a question and answer session, stressing that a communiqué would be produced from the discussion that will become a policy document for government of the region.
Ikoku stated further that the event would be rounded-off in the evening with a Gala Night that would include documentary on baby factory phenomenon, fashion show, music, drama and comedy while a charity walk will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014.