The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has lauded the efforts of the Nigerian Army Officer’s Wives Association (NAOWA) for their efforts towards contributing to the education of children of Officers as well as civilians.
The Army Chief expressed the appreciation at the Commissioning of the NAOWA College, Nigerian Army Post Service Housing Estate, Kurudu, Abuja.
General Buratai who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event commended the innovation of his predecessors who committed time and resources to ensure that the estate was developed, also said the school will serve both serving and retired officers residing within the estate.
“And to achieve that we must equally ensure that the basic necessities including water light schools and medical facilities are provided within this estate, where our serving and retired officers are having their accommodation this is one of the overall plans of the Nigerian Army plans to have a befitting accommodation where officers can retire peacefully” said COAS.
Earlier in her welcome address, the National President of the Nigerian Army Officer’s Wives Association, Mrs. Umma-Kalsum Buratai, stated that since the establishment of the organisation, it has been in the vanguard of provision of community development projects and welfare programmes targeted at women, children youths and the less privileged in the society.
Mrs Buratai said through the NAOWA community development initiative, the organisation has provided solar boreholes, renovated community schools and furnished numerous rural hospitals with basic hospital equipment.
“Also the NAOWA women and youth development initiative programmes we launched three years ago is yielding results as more than five hundred of our trainees within the barracks and internally displaced persons within the camps have been empowered for a better living, through these innovative, we have provided solar boreholes, renovated community schools and rural hospitals with basic hospital equipments and facilities”
“NAOWA in a bit to reduce maternal child mortality has recently established a specialist hospital in Abuja and in few days to come by the grace of God, we shall all coverage for the special commissioning that project” said NAOWA President.
The newly commissioned school according to NAOWA will provide British and Nigerian curriculum. The school has 18 classrooms, from JSS 1-3, to seat about three hundred students with a Principal and two vice principal’s offices, sick Bay, computer classes amongst other facilities.