The Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) has been commended for its humanitarian impact on widows, Internally Displaced Persons, less privileged and orphans across the country. The Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu gave the commendation today when members of NAOWA led by its National President Mrs Salamatu F Yahaya paid him a courtesy visit at the INEC Headquarters, Abuja.
Professor Yakubu who was represented by the Chairman Outreach and Partnership Committee(National Commissioner) Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, extolled the humanitarian gestures of NAOWA geared towards improving the standard of living and capacity building of women and children in the barracks.
He assured NAOWA of the commission’s support towards ensuring that IDPs whom NAOWA reached out to recently, are given equal rights during elections. He stated that the Commission does not give relief materials to them but ensure they are not left out in the electoral processes, by ensuring that whatever other members of the society enjoy as fundamental right to vote, are also accorded to them and would be ready to support NAOWA when needed.
Earlier in her remarks, the President NAOWA Mrs Salamatu F Yahaya described NAOWA as a nonprofit and non-governmental organization with objectives of assisting the poor, needy and raising the standard of living within the barracks of the nation.
She emphasized that the Association which relies on donations and goodwill, has positively impacted on so many lives and communities through provision of water, skill acquisitions, schools and business centers both within and outside the barrack communities. This she added, has contributed in empowering women, youths, widows and the less privileged, thereby contributing to the nation’s manpower development.
Mrs Yahaya expressed gratitude to the Chairman and the entire staff of the commission for the remarkable impact on her, especially in terms of administrative capabilities and human resources management skills over the years of service with the commission. She added that the chairman’s leadership style and skills in particular have made positive impacts and worthy of emulation, as she promised to be a good ambassador of the commission.
Highpoint of the visit was the signing of visitor’s book, presentation of souvenir and group photograph