Wives of military officers under the Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association, DEPOWA, have set to empower widows and children of soldiers who have died defending the territorial walls of Nigeria against both external aggression and counterterrorism operations in North-East Nigeria.
Consequently, the officers’ wives have built a Skills Acquisition Centre, which will commence operation next month, according to a statement signed by the acting director of defence information, Col. Rabe Abubakar.
Further, he said that the centre will give free training and services to the widows and children of those that died in active service, especially those that lost their lives in the fight against terrorists.
The statement revealed that the national president of DEPOWA, Mrs. Omobolanle Olonisakin, disclosed the planned centre when she led other women to a courtesy visit on the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Gabriel Olonisakin at the Defence Headquarters Abuja.
She stated that the maiden visit of DEPOWA Executives to Defence Headquarters was to show formally their unflinching support to the CDS and members of the Armed Forces towards their efforts in the fight against insurgency and other forms of criminalities in the country.
She maintained that as a humanitarian organisation, the association would continue to embark on programmes that geared towards development and empowerment of women and children, especially members of the Armed Forces and the Police in our barracks communities. According to her, ‘’we are committed to taking care of the home front while our husbands battle in the field,” she concluded.
In his response, the CDS expressed appreciation for the visit and commended the DEPOWA on their various programmes towards alleviating the plights of the widows and their children.
He charged them not to relent in this noble endeavours which has gone a long way to assisting their husbands to remain focus in their various deployment.
The CDS also charged them to be proactive in the promotion of core values in the barracks communities and to create platforms for the spouses and children of military personnel to have basic entrepreneurial skill. He therefore assured the organisation of unflinching support of the military leadership.
DEPOWA is a Non Governmental Organisation comprises of the wives of officers’ of the three arms of the armed forces and the police.

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