Skills Acquisition Programme: DEPOWA Graduates 44 Students

... Reaffirms Support to Socio-economic Development

BY ODILI CHRISTEL

In line with the Defence and Police Officers wife’s vision to compliment both directly and indirectly to the welfare of the Nigerian

armed forces and their families , DEPOWA has empowered 19  widows of the fallen heroes and twenty-five others. As the President Defence, Police Officers Wife Association, Omobolanle Olonisakin describes this as a way of contributing to national development.

Speaking at the event, President DEPOWA says the idea of the skill acquisition is to empower the women and the less privilege there by contributing to socio economic development in the country.

According to her, “today we have 44 graduates in different vocations, 19 of whom are widows and they will be given trade starter packs and financial assistance to secure shops for their various businesses,’’ she said.

She urged them to be industrious and put into use skills and knowledge acquired at the centre.

 

Mrs. Olanisakin noted that measures had been put in place to ensure sustainability of the centre’s programmes beyond the tenure of the present executive committee of DEPOWA.

She described the skills initiative of DEPOWA as one that demonstrated the military authority’s concern and commitment to the welfare of members of the barracks community.

The DEPOWA President further commended the graduates for their steadfastness and belief in the management of the centre throughout the period of their training.

Recall that the Defence and Police Officers' Wives Association (DEPOWA) is an Association of women bound together by the fact that they are married to Military and Police Oiiicers in Nigeria. it is a registered Non rovernmental Organization with the main aim of transforming lives of amilies in the armed forces and police barracks. As women organization, )EPOWA is an affiliate of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) ligeria; an Association that is established to promote and champion the course of women in Nigeria.

The Joint Officers' Wives Social Services was made up of all the National Presidents of existing Officers' Wives Associations of the Army, Navy, Air Force and a member nominated by each of the National President.

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