The wife of Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) and President of Police Officers Wives Association (POWA), Hajiya Hajara Usman Alkali Baba, has donated empowerment tools to over fifty wives of Police officers who died during the #EndSARS protest and other attacks in Anambra State.
Hajiya Alkali Baba donated the tools alongside the wife of Governor of Anambra State and founder of the charity organization, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative, CAFE, Dr Ebelechukwu Obiano and other high ranking Police officers wives in Awka, the state capital, on Friday.
Tribune Online gathered that the IGP’S wife was in Anambra State in continuation of her tour of states across Nigeria, aimed at promoting her POWA vision, which dwells on welfare and education of police officers’ wives and children, and most importantly, to reach out to wives of police officers who were affected during the nationwide protests.
The equipment given to the fifty widows included sewing machines, multipurpose grinding machines, industrial hairdryers and foodstuff, even as the IGP’s wife also made donations to one of the community children’s homes in the State.
In her address before the empowerment, Hajiya Alkali Baba said the visit was to rebuild relationships and boost the morale of members of POWA in the state and those at the national level, noting that with the difficulties that come with national service with regards to the Nigeria Police Force, the onus lies on the wives to give their husbands support to serve better.
The IGP’s wife, while explaining her three-point POWA vision which centres on education, welfare and health, said she looks forward to seeing Police wives and children live better, pledging to check up on those empowered to ensure that they use the equipment to help their families.
In her speech, the Anambra State governor’s wife, Mrs Obiano, said the intervention could not have come at a better time, noting that what happened to the Nigeria Police Force during the ugly EndSARS time actually demoralised both Policemen and their families.
Mrs Obiano, who said that the empowerment would go a long way in emboldening Police families and encouraging the women, commended the IGP’s wife for taking a different step in her capacity to motivate and change the face of the organization.
Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Owalabi, State Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, wife of Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 9, Mrs Faustina Egbunike and Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Chieftaincy Matters and Community Relations, Barrister Vera-Queen Okonkwo, among others were present at the event.