NAOWA Awards Scholarships to Children of Fallen Heroes
Commission’s Block of Classrooms
…. Disburses Cash Support to 600 Wives of Soldiers in Borno
By Sadiq Abubakar
The Nigerian Army Officers Wives Associations (NAOWA) 7 Division, Nigerian Army Maiduguri has awarded scholarships to 10 Orphans of soldiers who lost their lives during the counter insurgency war.
The Association also empowered 600 barracks wives of officers and soldiers in collaboration with the Borno state government and Bank of Industry (BOU) to boost their trades and make them self-employed.
The Association also commissioned a block of classrooms at the NAOWA Nursery and Primary School located at the Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri which was Initiated by the past NAOWA Chairperson, 7 Division NA Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri, Hajiya S. M. Yusuf, wife of former GOC, 7 Division NA Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri.
In her remarks at occasion, the NAOWA 7 Division Chairperson, , Hajiya Halima Ibrahim Khalifa said ” I am pleased to inform you that we are awarding full scholarships to 10 children of Soldiers who lost their lives in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency”.
Hajiya Ibrahim informed that the scholarships cover complete tuitions and extra moral fees, books, school bags and students uniforms from their admission year to their graduation from the school.
She said, “We hope subsequent administration of NAOWA leadership will sustain it and continue with the good work and perhaps build upon what we have started.
“We consider them as our children, the sons and daughters of our fallen heroes who have paid the supreme price for the sovereignty of our dear country. May their souls continue to rest in peace”.
According to her, NAOWA, in collaboration with the Borno state government and Bank of Industry, initiated an Empowerment scheme for 600 indigent women in the barrack. Twenty women will benefit in batches to ensure transparency and smooth disbursement.
“It is in this regard, that the NAOWA 7 Division chapter in conjunction with the Borno state government and the Bank of Industry secured a startup capital as part of our efforts to empower 600 women in the barracks. Today we will be presenting cheques to the first set of 200 women, while the rest will be given theirs in batches”, Halima added.
She further disclosed that NAOWA Nursery and Primary School has continued to grow since establishment in 2006, starting with few pupils and today has now transformed into primary 4, of 206 pupils, 18 academic staff and 6 supporting staff.
Hajiya Halimatu Sadiya further said that the commissioning of the 3 classrooms was a manifestation of the growth of the school, pointing that, the commissioning was a reflection of the desire of the association to impact on the lives of children and the youths.
In his speech, the General Officer Commanding , 7 Division, NA Maiduguri, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim Khalifa said, ” today’s occasion of the commissioning of the block of classrooms is laudable and is a reflection of the Nigerian Army commitment to education”.
The GOC who was represented by the Chief of Staff, 7 Division, NA Maiduguri, Brigadier General Ifeanyi I. Ottu
He commended the NAOWA Chairperson for her efforts and support to the orphans of the fallen heroes who paid their supreme price while on duty serving their fatherland with scholarships, which is part of the NA free education endowment for children of fallen heroes.
The GOC further appreciated NAOWA for its initiative and financial support to the widows and other women in the barracks in conjunction with the Borno state government and bank of industry in giving loan facilities to about 200 women to make them self-reliant.
General Ibrahim assured the people of Borno state and the Northeast in general that the Nigerian Army is more determined to ending Boko Haram insurgency and restore peace back to the region.
Speaking on behalf of the parents of the orphans, Fatima Audu thanked the NAOWA for the gesture and prayed that God should reward them and continue to guide and protect them.