Empowerment of Barracks Families: COAS to send NAOWA members to India to acquire new knowledge; As Mrs. Attahiru plans financial grants for 5,810 women
Towards improving their scope on various empowerment programmes and how best to implement them to help address the challenges of wives and families, including widow in military barracks, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru is to send the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association to India to learn and acquire knowledge from their Indian counterparts on welfare applications in the barracks.
This is just as the COAS tasked NAOWA to ensure improvements in the educational and other empowerment institutions under the purview of the association by emphasizing on teaching the right values to ‘our’ children so that they can compete with other children.
“I want NAOWA to visit India and other places to acquire practical experience on empowerment activities for families in the barracks. I have been discussing with the Indian Chief of Army Staff and the visit is supposed to be reciprocal for the benefit of both armies”, he said.
The COAS made this known when the national president of NAOWA, Mrs. Fatima Attahiru led her executive and other members on a maiden visit to Army headquarters.
Additionally, Gen Attahiru harped on importance of bringing up children with adequate knowledge of the dangers that accompany vices and the need for youths in the barracks to avoid partaking in such vices because of the negative consequences.
He assured NAOWA of Army headquarters’ support in the intervention programmes and projects being planned to cater for the welfare of officers and soldiers wives and families as well as the widows and children of personnel left behind by fallen heroes of the Army.
Earlier, Mrs. Fatima Attahiru said her vision as President of NAOWA is to see a barrack community of self reliant women and youths, a barracks with improved quality of life for families of officers and soldiers adding that the well being of all will be in the front burner.
She said NAOWA under her leadership was currently working in partnership with some organizations to secure grants to boost businesses for 5, 810 women, soldiers wives and widows while others will be provided seed money to start their own businesses.
Aside this Mrs. Attahiru said NAOWA is planning on embarking on a waste to wealth programme for barrack women and the youth saying, “We are resourceful, result-oriented and passionate women”.
Other NAOWA executive and members who accompanied Mrs. Fatimah Attahiru on the visit are Mrs. Hellen Ahanotu, Mrs. Chioma Azinta, Mrs. Aisha Yusuf, Mrs. Ajoke Shaffa, Mrs. Aisha Aliyu, Mrs. Stella Omozojie, Mrs. Eunice Ochigbano, Mrs. Temitope Abdulkadir, Mrs. Sadatu Dahiru, Mrs. Jidda and Mrs. Mariam Kuliya.