By Rasheedah Makinde
Police Officers’ Wives Association, POWA, has distributed palliatives to eighty widows of slain Police Officers from Oyo state command.
The palliatives which included Rice, Semolina, tubers of yam, Vegetable Oil as well as other food items were distributed to the widows at the POWA end-of-the-year party held at the Police headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan.
Also, sixty three police families who had acquired vocational skills in shoe making skills were presented with some starters tools at the ceremony.
Some of the beneficiaries said the gesture would ameliorate the hardship faced by many Nigerians due to the present situation in the country.
The widows, who appreciated the POWA Chairperson and the members for their support urged them not to relent on their oars at bringing succour to them.
In her address of welcome, the chairperson POWA Oyo state chapter, who is also the wife of the commissioner of Police, Dr Nadia Hamzat said the association was established to provide humanitarian support to the families of police officers.
Dr Hamzat stated further that POWA also assist through empowerment activities such as provision of amenities to police communities, support for the wives and children of police officers who paid the supreme prize in the line of duty.
“POWA remains an indivisible family that stands together, come rain come shine, continuously lending a hand to needy families and by extension, the larger community through initiatives such as sanitation exercises, relief aid during natural disasters, campaign against drug abuse, child molestation, trafficking and cultism as well as gender-based violations”.
On her part, the wife of the governor of Oyo state, Mrs Tamunominini Makinde said the gesture by POWA to give out palliatives to the widows was commendable.
Mrs Makinde called on POWA to always support their husbands in all ramifications to enhance their performance while discharging their civic responsibilities.