The Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) has been appreciated for their giant contributions towards eradicating poverty and hardship through their numerous programmes that has helped in improving the living condition of people within and outside the barracks.
The appreciation was made recently by Her Excellency the wife of Imo State Governor Mrs Ugo Nneoma Nkechi Owelle Rochas Okorocha when the National President of NAOWA Mrs Umma-Kalsum Tukur Buratai paid her a courtesy visit in Owerri Imo State.
While commending the laudable achievements made so far in women and youth empowerment by NAOWA, Mrs Okorocha pointed out that her office is also keen on the programmes and business of women and youths empowerment describing women and youths as the most vulnerable in the society due to lack of job opportunities and current economic recession that has bedeviled the country in recent time.
Mrs Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha further commended the leadership of the Association for complementing governments’ programmes on poverty alleviation and therefore promised to partner with NAOWA in ensuring that women and youths are engaged in meaningful ventures for self-reliance. It is against this backdrop that the First Lady through one of her projects (SNARP) SHE NEEDS-A-ROOF Project provided befitting accommodations for a good number of indigent women and widows. In her remarks, Mrs Buratai stated ‘’I am immensely delighted to lead a delegation of National Executives and members of NAOWA on a courtesy call on Her Excellency the wife of Imo State Governor Mrs Nneoma Rochas Okorocha and to also express my sincere gratitude on behalf of NAOWA for welcoming us despite your busy schedules’’.
She also exploited the medium to explain to her Excellency on their purpose of being in Owerri which was to participate in the Chief of Army Staff 2016 Annual Conference and to carry out her normal charity outreach programmes to members of the host communities.
Among the Imo State Government Principal Officers that welcomed NAOWA were, the Secretary to the State Government Mrs Veronica Eche, Commissioner for Works and Transport Mrs Josphine Udo, Special Adviser on Women Mobilization Mrs Ugochi Nnana Okoro, Commissioner for Health and Women Affairs Barr Mrs Ngozi Njoku amongst others.
To mark the COAS Annual Conference and as part of her normal Charity Outreach, NAOWA visited Red Cross Motherless Babies Home and made a cash donation, food items and toiletries.
Responding, the Commissioner of Health and Women Affairs Barr Mrs Ngozi Njoku stated as follows ‘’I have never seen it this way throughout my days as a civil servant and as a political appointee, your kind of gesture is unquantifiable and I am flabbergasted’. The NAOWA delegation also visited the Federal Medical Centre where the National President of Mrs UKT Buratai led other members of the Association to donate Hospital Equipment and other relief materials to women and children wards. The equipment included Stethoscopes, Thermometers, wheel chairs toiletries and other hospital equipment. NAOWA also paid the medical bills of some indigent patients and equally sponsored the treatment of other serious medical issues.
In her remarks, the Chief Medical Director Dr (Mrs) Angela Uwakwem commended NAOWA for their kind gesture and promised to make judicious use of the equipment.
In a similar development, the NAOWA National President also paid a courtesy call on the First Lady of Anambra State Her Excellency Chief (Mrs) Ebelechukwu Willie Obiano at Government House Awka. During the visit Mrs Obiano applauded NAOWA for her laudable programmes aimed at making the women and youths self-reliant hence reducing the poverty rate in the society. She thanked the leadership of the Association for the relief materials presented to her people.
According to Mrs Obiano, ‘’we have one thing in common, empowerment of women and youths and I have empowered about five thousand and also provided them with starter packs’’. Other places visited in Anambra State were St. Charlse Borromeo Hospital Onitsha and Model Motherless Babies Home Day Care in Awka where medical equipment, food items and toiletries were equally donated.
In his response, Rev Fr. Izunne Okonkwo who spoke on behalf of the Director Clinical Service Dr Francis Maduekwe thanked members of NAOWA for the gesture and promised that the items will be judiciously used.