About 150 person’s including families members of service personnel and the Vulnerables who are relatives of military personnel at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, at the weekend, benefitted from the distribution of Palliatives provided by the Coordinator of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Officers Wives Association AFCSCOWA, Mrs. Hadiza Muhammad Abdullahi.
The distributed Palliatives included 10 kg bags of rice each, cartons of indomie, gallons of vegetable oil, Salt packets, Maggi cartons, Sanitizers and toiletries among other items.
Speaking at the occasion , Mrs Hadiza Muhammad, who is the wife of the Commandant AFCSC, Air Vice Marshal AS Liman said, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Officers Wives Association (AFCSCOWA) presentation of palliatives to the vulnerable during this trying period of COVID 19 Pandemic.
“I wish to particularly appreciate our Daddy, my dear husband, the Commandant Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Air Vice Marshal AS Liman for financing the entire project and for his continued support and encouragement to AFCSCOWA.
“As you are all aware, AFCSCOWA is a Non-Governmental and Charitable Organization formed by Wives of serving military officers of Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji and the Cantonment with the main objective to foster the bond of friendship and promote cordial relationship between all military officers ‘families.
“This is to complement the efforts of our husbands in order to improve the wellbeing of the vulnerable especially women and children within our area of responsibility.
“It is as part of our corporate social gesture that we initiated this project to provide succor to the less privilege especially during the lock down as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.
“Most nations including Nigeria have established similar avenues in order to sensitize their populace on the danger of the COVID 19 pandemic and also provide palliatives to serve as a relief to the less privilege that are defectively affected.
“The AFCSCOWA as an NGO is certainly not an exception in this regard, and this is why we are gathered here today. We also have Dr Jamila Garba who will sensitize us on the COVID 19 pandemic which is a scourge that has become a global pandemic overtime.
“Let me use this opportunity to once again appreciate the encouragement of our Father and Grand Patron the Commandant Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Air Vice Marshal AS Liman for his moral and financial support without which this programme wouldn’t have been successful.
“On behalf of the AFCSCOWA members we are indeed very grateful.
“I wish to state that, the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Officers’ Wives Association will continue to strive harder to fight and ensure the eradication of COVID 19 pandemic. Please stay safe and maintain the social distance.”
In her short talk, the guest speaker Doctor Jemila Garba who spoke in both English and Pidgin said,
“Corona virus is a disease that emerged from China and went over the world and here in Nigeria now, we have many cases of Corona virus patients and then we have more than 80 patients now in Kaduna state. Fortunately we don’t have any in Jaji.
“Corona virus is a disease that affects the lungs, it is mostly a disease of the lungs and the respiratory system, so if you get Corona virus, e go affect your lungs, it is a respiratory disease wey dey make you cough.
“Use sanitiser and be careful anytime you are opening doors, when you are in public places because somebody that has the disease can actually cough into his hands and touch surfaces like doorknobs, desks and everywhere people can stay in the shop, in the banks.
“So immediately you touch surfaces that you don’t actually know who has been there you need to use the hand sanitiser, it is very important and when you are coughing and sneezing, you don’t cough and sneeze into your hands like the way we used to do it before, you cough into your shoulder by the elbow.”
Beneficiaries of the palliatives expressed joy over the gesture noting that such show of love for the vulnerable and women and children, was being done for the first time at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.
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