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Thursday, May 10, 2018

30 Women Benefit From Empowerment Initiative Of POWA In Anambra

Different empowerment materials worth hundreds of thousands of naira have been distributed to thirty women by members of the Police Officers’ Wives Association, POWA, Anambra state chapter.

The empowerment materials include fifteen sewing machines, with different tailoring materials, soap making equipments and seven bags of rice, gallons of oil, and other cooking condiments for another seven widows.

The headquarters of the State Police Command Amawbia was yesterday filled to capacity as state members of the Police Officers’ Wives Association, POWA, staff of the command, and other government officials gathered to welcome the President of POWA, Princess Asmau Idris who is in the state for a two-day official visit.

Making the presentations, Princess Idris noted that one of the major objectives of POWA is to positively touch lives most especially the vulnerable people and wives of their fallen heroes.

She enjoined them to make judicious use of the empowerment materials, respect their husbands and constituted authority and most importantly instill in their children fear of God while urging the men to empower their wives.

Addressing the gathering, the wife of the state Governor, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano said the state government is putting all measures in place to ensure that Anambra state is rid of drug abuse, cultism and child trafficking through reequipping relevant Agencies and promoting moral instructions in schools.

Chief Mrs. Obiano, represented by the wife of the state Deputy Governor, Chief Mrs. Oby Okeke, called on POWA to sustain the campaign by initiating more measures through public private partnership and full involvement of all stakeholders in the drive.

Also speaking, the state chairperson of POWA, Hajiya Khadija Umar said the beneficiaries were trained on different types of skills to be self motivated, independent and confident decision makers to support them to take up parental jobs in their homes.

Responding, some of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Anthonia Ikharia a widow from Edo state and Mrs. Masoyi Gunji who appreciated the kind gesture from POWA, while assuring the judicious use of the empowerment materials, called for its sustenance.

Highpoint of the event were presentation of the empowerment materials to the beneficiaries proper and the commissioning of the renovated POWA secretariat.

By Ebele Ezeh

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