6th Batch graduates from the DEPOWA Skills Acquisition Center
DEPOWA has continually carryon with some of her core objectives which include the creation, development and encouragement of environmental awareness and friendliness in our educational institutions in the Armed Forces and Police Barracks community. Giving succor to the less privileged in the society through donation of food, cash and other necessary items to pregnant women, nursing mothers and HIV victims; visits to internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) Camps and Orphanage Homes, visits to wounded soldiers undergoing treatment in military hospitals, carrying out Skills Acquisition training with the provision of trade starter packs for widows of fallen heroes, training and empowering vulnerable youths in the society on various skills acquisition programmes and also providing them with trade equipment free of charge.
Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA) is a registered non-governmental organization based in Abuja, Nigeria. It comprises members of Officers’ Wives from the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force and the Nigeria Police. The objectives of DEPOWA include promotion of cordial relationship amongst its members while helping women play their roles in national development by organizing seminars, symposia, workshops and conferences with the aim of exposing and educating women on opportunities and facilities available to them both locally and internationally.
As part of its mandate to improve human capacity, Defence and Police Officers Wives Association, DEPOWA has trained 52 students in different vocational skills including catering, fashion designing and computer studies. The graduating student which includes 11 widows is the 6th batch to graduate from the DEPOWA Skills Acquisition Center, DSAC were also given trade starter packs and financial assistance.
Mrs Omobolanle Olonisakin the 13th president DEPOWA, noted that the center has an objective to bring succor to the less privileged in the society with particular emphasis on the widows of fallen heroes. According to Olonisakin, the training is mainly geared towards empowering widows of officers who have lost their lives in the course of protecting the country, stressing that it was a means to ensure that these women are engaged in a productive ventures.
She disclosed that since inception of the vocational training center, 188 students have been trained successfully of which 80 of them are widows, noting that many of them were at the moment self sufficient to provide for their families.
In her words, “It is remarkable to mention that DEPOWA skills center has graduated 5 batches of trainees since inception, this set will be the 6. The training is geared towards widows of our fallen heroes so as to help them in ensuring that they are engaged in productive venture and also become self-sufficient in order to contribute meaningfully to their homes and environment while enhancing national development. Today, we are graduating 52 students in different vocations with particular emphasis on the widows of our fallen heroes”. Olonisakin who also urged the grandaunts to put in to practice what they have learnt stated that the training was to prepare them to face the challenges ahead.
Mrs Olonisakin said, “We have groomed you to secure your future and in the process be an employer of labor and give livelihood to others. Hence I urge you to be bold and courageous and put to use what you have learnt. As it is our custom since the inception of this empowerment program, apart from providing the widows amongst you with monthly stipends for transportation during the course of the program, you will also be given starter packs and financial assistance to secure a shop as you gradate”
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries was Mrs Faith Amakwe, a mother of 2 stated that she was very elated to have passed through the training as the army had empowered her to cater for her family.
Amakwe who was also the best gradating student in catering and hotel management thanked DEPOWA for equipping her to succeed in life.
DEPOWA is a non-governmental organization with membership including officer’s wives association from the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy, Air force and The Nigerian Police.