Wife of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Juliet Odesanya, has recently organised a get together party for police officers’ wives and children, especially the widows and the orphans.
The event attracted a huge crowd, which mostly were children and wives of police officers’, including the widows of officers who died in active service.
Mrs Odesanya, in a brief remark said the programme is in connection with the vision of the National president of Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA) Princess (Barr) Asmou Ibrahim K. Idris, which intended to reach out to Police Officers’ Wives/Children and most importantly the widows and Orphans and essentially to give them a sense of belonging and reassure them that all hope is not lost.
She said on her assumption of office as the chairperson of POWA, Rivers State chapter, she considered it pertinent to have a tour of the Police Barracks where she had a robust interactive session with her members.
According to her in the cause of her interraction issues were raised among which include, empowerment of Women/Widows through trade, Skill Acquisition, Soft loans and Scholarships for Children of Officers who died in the course of serving their fatherland.
She said what she is doing is line with the vision of the association and that of the wife of the Inspector General of Police and for the love of humanity.
According to her the association has identified issues plaguing its members especially women and children. “We have mapped many programmes to support. We want to provide skill acquisition programmes to empower our women.” She said.
“We will buy computers and other equipment for those who are literate. We want to see that in 2017 our women become self-sufficient and stop depending on the meagre resources of their husbands.”
For the widows Mrs Odesanya insisted that the association will not abandon the and emphasised on the need to continually stay with them, both financially and otherwise.
While presenting gifts and food items to the widows and members of POWA, she appealed and called on well-meaning agencies and individuals to partner them in the project.
The Widows Coordinator in Rivers State, Ayeola Adefunke, on receiving the gifts appreciated the Wife of the State Police Commissioner.
However, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Francis Mobolaji Odesanya has promised to improve the welfare of the police widows’ families and less privileged.
Odesanya who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of State Criminal and Investigation Department, Felix Uwam, stressed that the command will do all it can to better the lives of widows and orphans of officers who died in their service to the nation.