By Dauda Iliya
The President Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association NAOWA and wife of Chief of Army Staff Mrs Salamatu Yahaya has promised to support widows of personnel in theaters of war to enhance their economic well-being.
Mrs Yahaya made the promise while presenting relief items and cash assistance to fifty widows of personnel who lost their lives in the counter insurgency operation in the North East at Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri.
The President of NAOWA encouraged the widows to learn skills that will improve their means of livelihood.
“We also have vocational centres that we use to train them and if you listen to my address to them we have said that all of those of them that have skills we are willing to give them equipment or machinery that will help them enhance their skill” Mrs Yahaya said.
Mrs. Salamatu Yahaya sympathized with the widows over the loss of their spouses and prayed for the repose of their souls and lasting peace to reign in the country.
Two of the beneficiaries Blessing Edet and Maimuna Ishaku thanked the wife of Chief of Army Staff for identifying with them in their moment of need.
Meanwhile, the President of NAOWA and her entourage have earlier paid a courtesy visit on the Theatre Commander Operation Hadin Kai Major General Christopher Musa where she promised to improve standard the of education and vocational skills to members of barrack community.
The Theatre Commander described her visit as a morale booster for the troops, explaining that more than thirty thousand combatants and non-combatants Boko Haram insurgents have surrendered in the last six months.
“We are very very grateful and we want to assure you that we want to make our Chief of Army Staff proud and the only way we can do that is by ending this insurgency and we know that God is with us” General Musa assured.
Mrs Yahaya later visited recuperating and wounded in action troops at 7 Division hospital and appreciated their sacrifice and commitment to protecting the territorial integrity of the nation, also presented them with cash assistance.