Linus Aleke, Abuja:
Disturbed about the rising cases of substance abuse amongst the youthful population in Nigeria, the Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA) has concluded plans to launch a sensitization campaign on the negative effect of illicit drugs in Nigeria.
The National President of the association and wife of Inspector General of Police, Princess Asmau Ndayako Idris gave this hint in Abuja during the POWA National Meeting with Wives of Assistant Inspector General (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs).
She noted that the meeting aims to assist and support their husbands to build stable, peaceful and united nation, adding, the association is determined and committed to fostering friendship, promote unity among members, and assist the less privileged within the Rank and File in accordance with the organization’s motto ‘Unity, Service and Progress.
Princess Idris further said that the association will inculcate entrepreneurial skills in the youths to make them self reliant while also appealing to mothers to instill moral, intellectual, spiritual and fear of God in their children.
Her words, “You would have noticed that a lot of activities have been going on at the national level. One of which is the immunization exercise against meningitis which was carried out in some of our barracks here in Abuja. We also have the youth forum scheduled to take place soon. This forum aims to inculcate entrepreneurial skills in our youths, as well as free health screening.
“Hopefully in June this year, we will be organizing a campaign against drug abuse in Kano state and in the nearest future commission and kick start our hospital in Akwanga, Nasarawa state.
“I know things are hard but we must give back to our police family, our host community especially to women and children. We must promote social and welfare activities and programmes, organize workshops and seminars for members on how to be self empowered through vocational skills so as to add values to lives.
“We should try to instill moral, intellectual and spiritual development in our children and also inculcate the virtue of love and humanity in them. I will also like to appeal to us to try and patronize our own facilities i.e. police hospitals, police Mortgage Bank and Police Cooperative so as to encourage our husbands to own houses.”
She nonetheless, encouraged the chairpersons of the state chapters to replicate the noble effort of national leadership in giving back to the society.