By Michael Peter, The Sight News
Abuja: Students numbering 32 on Tuesday in Abuja graduated from the Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association, DEPOWA Skills Acquisition Center.
The 32 graduands are the fourth set to be churned out by the Center after having undergone a six month training in skills ranging from tailoring, hairdressing, makeup etc.
Among the Students are 14 widows of fallen heroes in the nation’s security agencies.
Speaking at the event, the DEPOWA President, Mrs. Omobolanle Olonisakin pointed out that in empowering people with requisite skills, nations are developed as a result of the attendant human development brought about by such training.
Mrs Olonisakin noted that the widows amongst the graduands will receive financial assistance and some work kits to make their efforts at commercialising their acquired skills easier.
While promising that the Association will do well to followup on the students’ progress going forward, the DEPOWA President charged the graduands to use what they had learnt to secure a future for themselves and others.
“Don’t let your journey end before it even begins. Therefore, put to use what you have learnt. You have been given an opportunity to secure your future and in the process create jobs and livelihood for others too”, she urged them.
The Wife of the Chief of Defence Staff also gave hint of the Association’s plan to continue to assist a widows of fall heroes.
“We have plans to continue to go through our barracks to assist widows of our fallen heroes and we will not stop. We are going to ensure that we assist them as much as we can” she said.
On her part, one of the beneficiaries, Patience James, a widow of a fallen hero thanked DEPOWA for the opportunity and assured it’s leadership that she will put to use all she had learnt from the Center.
Also present at the Ceremony were the National President of POWA, Princess Asmau Ibrahim Idris, the National President of NOWA, Mrs Theresa Ibas, the National President of NAFOWA, Hajiya Hafsat Saddique Abubakar, the Wife of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mrs Kulu Abba Kyari and the Wife of the Director General, Department of State Service, DSS, Hajiya Zainab Lawal Daura.