By Deborah Coker
Benin, Sept. 14, 2021
The Edo government, on Monday in Benin, promised to collaborate with the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) towards achieving the association’s three-point agenda.
Edo Gov. Godwin Obaseki gave the promise in his office when Hajia Hajara Alkali, POWA National President, led other executive members on a courtesy visit to the governor.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the three-point agenda of the POWA’s National President include welfare, health and education.
Obaseki, represented by his Deputy, Phillip Shaibu, noted that the three-point agenda of the POWA president was in line with the vision of the Edo government.
He noted that the benefits of education could not be over emphasised, as any state that could not guaranty the education of its children jeopardises their future.
Obaseki added that health and empowerment were also vital to the state and as such his administration would partner with the association in this regard.
He also said that the government would work with the POWA team on skills acquisition, while further promising to look into the issue of the POWA shops recently demolished in the state.
Earlier, Alkali had called for partnership with the Edo government towards advancing the cause of the association.
She also appealed to the governor to look into the POWA shops recently knocked down by state operatives.
The POWA national president pointed out that the shops were designed to help POWA members eke out a living to support their husbands.
NAN reports that the IGP’s wife had earlier paid a courtesy visit on the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone 5, Isaac Akinmoyede.
Akinmoyede also pledged the zone’s support towards the accomplishment of the association’s programmes.
He noted that he had followed the activities of the association since the new leadership came on board and observed that the association’s programmes were geared towards making life better for the families of police officers.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Alkali, has said that POWA will sustain the empowerment of the wives and children of fallen police officers, stressing that the services by men and officers of the Nigeria Police will never go unrewarded.
Alkali made the pledge on Monday, when she paid a courtesy visit on the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Phillips Ogbadu, in his office in Benin in continuation of her three day working visit to the state.
She said that the lives of police operatives were of the utmost concern to POWA, saying they deserved moral encouragement.
Alkali said her visit to the state was to boost the morale of police personnel in the performance of their constitutional duties.
“It is also to give a voice to POWA members in the state, including police women.
She said that POWA would be focusing on its three-point agenda of promotion of health, education and health of its members.
“This is the new face of POWA and we will focus on it,” she said.
She said her team would, during the visit, tour police schools to encourage optimal performance and excellence.
Alkali solicited the support of the state police command, adding that the association would embark on environmental sanitation during her visit.
NAN reports that Alkali, who had earlier visited the Police Children’s School at Ogida, advised the pupils to take their studies seriously in order to do their parents proud.
She donated writing materials, including books, biros, pencils and confectionaries to the school.
Earlier, Ogbadu commended the IGP’s wife and her leadership team for the visit to the state.
He lauded her commitment and dedication towards elevating POWA.
He said it was gratifying that she was cascading the association’s achievements at the national level down to the state.