The Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) 2 Brigade Chapter, on Saturday, decried the increase in the number of widows in barracks across the country.
Mrs Fatima Hassan, the zonal coordinator of the chapter, expressed her displeasure on the sad development while donating gifts to 44 widows at the 6 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Ibagwa, Abak, in Akwa-Ibom.
Hassan said that NAOWA had been involved in welfare programmes targeted at women, youths, children and the less privileged in the barracks since its establishment over four decades ago. And the association would continue to do its best to ensure that wives of soldiers who lost their husbands while in active service are not forgotten.
“Last year, we had fewer widows benefiting from this programme. We are not happy with the increase in the number of widows,” Hassan said.
She appealed to the widows to take proper care of their children and train them to become good citizens.
The Commander 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen Abdu Hassan, in his remarks, said that the army would not abandon the widows. Hassan was represented by the Garrison Commander, 6 Battalion, Lt – Col Yakubu Nwandiscas at the occasion.
“We cannot forget you even though you have lost your husbands. We will continue to support your welfare so as to put smile on your faces,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the widows, Mrs Christiana Murtala, commended NAOWA and the army for their kind gestures. “We thank you very much for what you have done to us; for remembering us today and providing these gifts, God will bless you all.”
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