Widows of Nigerian soldiers who lost their lives while fighting Boko Haram terrorists in North-East have alleged that the introduction of Bank Verification Number, BVN by Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has made it impossible for them to pay their children’s school fees.
The widows claimed the policy has prevented most of them from accessing the bank accounts of their late husbands, even as they called on the federal government to intervene in the prompt payment of salaries and allowances of their deceased husbands.
The widows stated their condition in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital at the weekend during a counselling and condolence visit by wives of service chiefs under Defence and Police Officers Wives Association, DEPOWA.
They further urged the government to create skills acquisition training for them and provide jobs for those that have educational qualifications like secondary and tertiary school certificates.
Responding, the President of DEPOWA and wife of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olanisakin, Mrs. Omobolanle Olanisakin sympathized with the women and condoled them over the loss of their husbands who died in active service.
While praying for the souls of the departed soldiers, Mrs. Olanisakin assured the widows that all their complaints will be channelled to the appropriate quarters for possible and immediate solutions.
She said: “We cannot fold our arms to allow such a situation to continue to happen to you. We are all mothers and women and we know very well what it means for a woman to be left with children without husband and care or support. We are with you and we will continue to be with you.
“Already we brought here with us some relief materials for you and more will be provided for you. We have also started training some widows at our DEPOWA Skills Acquisition Scheme Centre, Abuja and you will be included in the training programme in order to make you self-reliant and have something doing to sustain yourselves and the children. You are not alone and you will not be alone,” she added.
The wife of Chief of Army Staff, Hajiya Ummu Kaltum Buratai said their visit was an indication of their love and care for the widows and prayed for the repose of the souls of their husbands while assuring them that DEPOWA would continue visit and interact with them towards improving their wellbeing.
Members of the delegation included the wife of the Chief of Air Staff, Hajiya Hafsat Sadiq Abubakar, wife of the Chief of Naval Staff, Mrs. Theresa Ebas and wife of Inspector General of Police, Mrs. Agarase Arase.


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  • God’s Judgement

    President Buhari should immediately pay attention to these vulnerable families. I trust President Buhari he will do everything to bless them. May your pains and the bloods of your beloved husband be upon the Politicians and their children that shared the arm money and sent your housbands to their early graves