By Esther Onyegbula

Wife of the Chief of the Naval Staff and President of the  Naval Officers Wives Association, NOWA Mrs Theresa Ibas, yesterday in Lagos , commissioned  a skill acquisition centre for spouses of naval personnel , with the aim of reducing their vulnerability to poverty in the event of  major  challenges in their families.

President of the  Naval Officers Wives Association, NOWA Mrs Theresa Ibas

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony ,   she explained that the centre among other benefits ,would also go a long way to ameliorating the sufferings of widows and orphans of the naval family.

The NOWA president explained that the centre location right inside the barracks at the  Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS WEY, Navy town, Ojo, was strategic.

She said : “One of the considerations in siting the centre in Navy Town is the fact that the bulk of naval family reside there.

Also, accessibility to a lot of place where such training are done is very poor and as such, many find themselves not engaged in any meaningful trade.

“It is hoped that with the friendly rates that will be charged for the various training, people will avail themselves the opportunity to acquire a skill,” she said.

Ibas noted that empowering women could make them become the driving force behind stronger economies.

“No silver bullet will eliminate violence against women, but a combination of efforts that address income, education and health can significantly reduce violence and its tragic consequences,” she said.

She further stated  that women’s contribution was crucial to the survival of households through which families escape poverty, adding that  ” When women earn an income, they are more likely to spend it on food, education and healthcare of children and families.

“We have uncovered effective ways to strengthen women’s economic contributions and reduce their vulnerability to poverty especially in the event of spouse demise,” she said.

Earlier, the special guest, Vice Admiral. Ibok Ete- Ibas, who commissioned  the building, said that the philanthropic activities of NOWA had continued to bring succour to the wearied and needy.

He urged  users if the centre  to make use of the facility in a responsible and sustainable manner and also  make  use of the opportunity to acquire one skill or the other.

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