Wives of Policemen in Rivers State including those that lost their husbands, recently, shed tears of joy during the empowerment scheme organized by Police Officers Wives Association, POWA, to give them economic sustenance.
Chairperson of the association, Rivers State chapter, Mrs Chinyere Ogunsakin, said at the occasion that the scheme was developed and executed to give economic sustenance to wives and widows of Policemen as well as equip them in case of any fatal eventuality. She said it involved training and empowering 120 women and youths in various areas such as tailoring, cosmetology, bead/hat making and catering/hotel management, events management and general business development.
The scheme also witnessed the giving out of industrial grinding machines and securing accommodation for widows of fallen policemen. Every trainee was presented with a certificate.
In her speech during the event, the chairperson expressed joy that the plan of carrying out such a whole scale empowerment had finally come to fruition. She expressed satisfaction that this first phase was a success.
POWA, she said, was established with the objective of providing socio-economic support and empowerment to Police officers’ wives and their wards. This has become the sole preserve of the Rivers State chapter under her watch. “We want to give a helping hand to our trained women to enable them start on their own journey to fulfilment and financial liberation.”
The chairperson also shared her vision of forming a cooperative of those beneficiaries who take the empowerment seriously so as to obtain loans from corporate organizations like the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The beneficiaries in response couldn’t contain their joy as they danced joyously around the chairperson, singing song after song with the Police band at hand dishing out melodious music. For the widows who were provided with accommodation, emotions flowed freely as they let the tears flow uncontrollably.
Mrs. Ogunsakin was moved to tears herself when the widows clustered around her, went on their knees and began proclaiming countless blessings on her and her family.
One of the widows of a late Inspector, Mrs. Theresa Israel, in tears, commended this initiative as the best attempt at empowerment by any POWA administration. According to her: ”This is the first time we are witnessing this kind of a thing where the widows who have been forgotten are remembered for good and given hope, God must bless our mummy.”
Mrs. Janet Agoreyo, another beneficiary who continued dancing and singing long after the programme said that she was so glad that she could comfortably say that the days of sharing bags of rice were over. She had been placed on a pedestal to aid her husband in providing for the family.
All the women sought for opportunity to air their appreciation and relief regarding the scheme. Mrs. Constance Mbajunwa was beaming with smiles as she recounted how she had been through hard times and thanked ‘Mummy’ for striking all the right notes in just seven months of being in Rivers State.
DC Alkali Shaba (DC, Operations) representing the commissioner of Police, CP Tunde Ogunsakin, was quick to commend the POWA chairperson and her executive for the initiative and stated that it is a morale booster to the entire Police Force. He also intimated that the Rivers State Police command will do everything to support POWA in all its endeavours.