The outgoing National President of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), Mrs Umma-Kalsum Tukur Buratai has assured the incoming NAOWA president Mrs Fati Ibrahim Attahiru that her doors are open for any piece of advice she may require as she assume her new office.
She stated this recently during her valedictory speech to mark the handing over of the mantle of leadership of NAOWA to the new National President at the NAOWA National Secretariat, Abuja.
Mrs Buratai noted that though NAOWA is a humanitarian and non-governmental organisation and has been able to achieve great success throughout her administration. She thanked members of NAOWA nationwide for their support, encouragement, commitment and personal sacrifices which contributed to the huge achievements.
Mrs Buratai urged the incoming NAOWA National President to emulate and consolidate on the achievements of her predecessors as she is confident that the new NAOWA president will excellently succeed considering her background and the capable, professional, dynamic and cooperative NAOWA women at her disposal.
Responding, the incumbent NAOWA president, Mrs Fati Attahiru acknowledged the development map: of setting up healthcare facilities, the empowerment of women and improving the standard of NAOWA schools among other. She expressed her readiness to build on the foundation already established by her predecessor stressing that she is a firm believer in continuity as it is the fastest way an organisation can grow.
According to her, “I am a firm believer in continuity as it is the fastest way an organisation can grow as such, be rest assured that I will build on NAOWA’s existing projects and establish new projects that will complement existing ones”. Mrs Attahiru pledged to work hard with members of the organisation to ensure that by the end of her tenure; all women, youth and children in the barracks would be prouder of their community and have a better enabling environment to thrive and compete with their peers.
She noted that she intends to focus on education, healthcare, women and youth empowerment. She was optimistic that NAOWA is blessed with intelligent, talented, creative and supportive women, urging them to render maximum support to enable the organisation accomplish these set goals and much more.
In her words, “Remember, the barracks is our home and if we can build a happy and comfortable home, our men can focus better and fight this insurgency to an end”.