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Rise In Number Of Widows Worries NAOWA



The Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), 2 Brigade Chapter, has decried the increase in the number of widows in the barracks.

The zonal coordinator for the chapter, Mrs Fatima Hassan, expressed her displeasure at 6 Battalion Nigerian Army, Ibagwa, Abak, when she showered kindness on 44 widows who lost their husbands.

Hassan said that NAOWA since its inception over four decades ago, has been in the vanguard of providing welfare programmes that were targeted at women, youth, children and less privileged in Nigerian barracks.

She said that the association would continue to do its best to ensure that wives of soldiers who lost their husbands while in active service were not left forgotten.

“Last year we had fewer number of widows that benefited from this laudable programme compared to this year which has almost double the number.

“We are not happy with the increase in the number of widows in the barracks. We pray that next year activities will witness far less than what we have today.

“On this note, it is my singular honour and privilege to present the little support to our widows in order to put smile on their faces and to tell them that we care and love them,” Hassan said.

She appealed to them to take proper care of their children and train them to become better citizens in the future despite the lost of their husbands.

In his remarks, the Commander 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brig.  Gen. Abdu Hassan, said that the army would not abandoned the widows.

Hassan, who was represented by the Commander 2 Brigade Garrison  Lt. – Col. Yakubu Nwandiscas, added that the widows would continue to be remembered since their husbands died defending their father land.