As part of its philanthropic activities, the NAOWA National President Mrs Felly Elimibha Minimah recently embarked on a charity outreach programme in Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, Makurdi, Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross River and Akwa Ibom states. Similar visit will also be conducted in other states of the federation. The goal of the exercise is to provide succor to the teeming number of dependants of officers and soldiers who have lost their lives in the ongoing fight against insurgency. NAOWA understands the enormous sacrifice that marriage to a military personnel presents, the plight of spouses to personnel of the Nigerian Army is a concern we share. What more can we ask of womenfolk who give their loved ones for the course of a nation. We look forward to the support of all patriotic Nigerians in this endeavour.
NAOWA started as Army Wives Association (AWA) in the 1950s under the leadership of Mrs Welby Everald, the wife of the then Army Chief of Staff, when the British officers were in control of the colonial Nigerian Army. On attainment of Nigeria’s Republican Status in 1963, the nomenclature was changed to Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA). Since then, NAOWA has had 25 Presidents including the incumbent National President, Mrs Felly Elimibha Minimah.
All wives legally married to serving commissioned officers of the Nigerian Army are automatically eligible for membership.
In furtherance of its aim and objectives, NAOWA undertakes a number of social and philanthropic activities that are targeted at women and children. NAOWA exists in all the over 100 barracks of the Nigerian Army to see to the welfare families.
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