From:Segun Babatunde in Bauchi
As part of activities marking this year’s Nigerian Army Day celebration(NADCEL) the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association(NAOWA) Obienu Barracks chapter, Bauchi has donated food, cash and clothing materials to some widows of fallen heroes at the barracks.
The Army Officers’ Wives also donated relief items to Children ol Ambassador M. C Abubakar Orphans and Vulnerable Children(OVC) Vocational College, Bauchi.
Presenting the items on behalf of the Association at the headquarters of the Nigerian Army Armoured Corp(NAAC) Bauchi, Acting Coordinator of the Association, Mrs Rifkatu Audu said the aim was to cushion the plights of the widows.
She said eight of them whose husband’s died between January and June this year were selected, stressing that the event was organized for the wives of the fallen heroes at the barracks to empower them and alleviate their sufferings. .
The coordinator thanked the Chief of Staff of the Corp, Brigadier General S.T Audu who represented the commander and the deputy commandant, Nigerian Army Armoured School,Brigadier General S.T Akpan for their support and encouragement to NAOWA.
She pledged that NAOWA will continue to play their role as mothers to support and encourage their husbands, wives of officers and soldiers.
In their separate remarks, the chief of staff of the Corp, Brigadier General S.T Audu who represented the commandant and the deputy commander Nigerian Army Armoured school, Brigadier General S.T Akpan commended The association for the gesture promising their support at all times.
General Akpan said the event is an annual event which is being observed in honour of gallant fallen heroes and troops at the war front to appreciate them dearly
Items donated included a 50kg bag of rice, a wrapper and undisclosed amount to each of the beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, the Army Officers’ Wives also donated relief items to Children ol Ambassador M. C Abubakar Orphans and Vulnerable Children(OVC) Vocational College, Bauchi.
Presenting the items on behalf of the Association to the college, Acting Coordinator of the Association Mrs Rifkatu Audu described the Association as a non – profit, non – governmental organisation with the objectives of assisting the poor and raising the standard of living in the barracks.
She promised that the Association would continue to do more to improve the welfare of the needy and less privilege in the society., and advised the children to always have a positive outlook towards life.
Receiving the items donated which included bags of rice, noodles, beverages, confectioneries, toiletries, among others, Mrs Hassana Arkila, Executive Chairperson, Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Children Agency(BASOVCA) expressed appreciation, and thanked NAOWA for the gesture.
She assured the Association of the Agency’s support in assisting the needy and less privilege, and prayed God to continue to protect and guide the military as they discharge their duties of protecting lives and property of Nigerians.