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NAOWA seeks to partner C/River Govt. on women empowerment


Calabar –  The Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), Cross River chapter, on Friday urged the Cross River Government to partner with it to build a vocational training centre.
The Coordinator of the Association in the state, Mrs Fatima Mohammed, made the appeal in Calabar when she led members of the association on a visit to the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Stella Odey.
Mohammed, who is also the wife of Brig.-Gen. Sani Mohammed, the Commander of 13 Brigade, Calabar, said that the association planned to build a vocational training centre for soldiers’ wives in the barracks.
“The Centre, if built, will train soldiers’ wives on different self-employed and marketable skills, especially the widows who lost their husbands to the Boko Haram insurgency.
“The objective of the association is to promote unity amongst families of officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army.
“We are here today to seek partnership with the state government through the ministry of women affairs in the area of setting up a vocational training Centre for women at the barracks.
“We kindly appeal for your support to enable us build up this centre,’’ she said.
According to her, the association runs a Creche, nursery and primary school, as well as a computer centre with high education standard at a subsidised rate, to meet the education needs of the lower class.
Responding, Odey, assured the association that the state government would assist them in their proposed project.
She said that the ministry was open to collaboration, especially as it concerns women empowerment, training and mobilisation.
“Some of the objectives of the ministry are the socio-political and economic empowerment of women and the rehabilitation of street children.
“We will look into your appeal and see how best we can assist you in the project. I am very happy that the centre will be for the empowerment of women,’’ she said. (NAN)

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