• Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

Customs Officers’ Wives Association Launches Vision To Empower Women And Combat Drug Abuse

Kikelomo Adewale Adeniyi, wife of the Comptroller-General of Customs and National President of the Customs Officers’ Wives Association (COWA), has unveiled an ambitious vision to empower 100,000 women and combat drug abuse. The occasion marked the relaunch of COWA and emphasized their commitment to supporting the Federal Government’s efforts in women empowerment, job creation, and the fight against drug addiction.

During her speech, Mrs. Kikelomo disclosed the launch of a pilot program aimed at empowering 1,200 women. The association’s broader goal is to reach over 100,000 women in 2024, enabling them to contribute meaningfully to their families. Plans are underway to establish a fully equipped ultra-modern Skills Acquisition Center in Abuja, providing COWA members with regular vocational training and retraining.

Mrs. Kikelomo expressed COWA’s commitment to establishing Nursery, Primary, and Secondary Schools across major border communities and urban areas. This initiative seeks to offer quality and affordable education to the children and wards of serving and retired Customs Officers. The schools aim to alleviate the financial burden on officers, instill high moral values, and reduce exorbitant fees associated with education.

Seeking the support of Nigeria’s First Lady, Oluremi Bola Tinubu, Mrs. Kikelomo emphasized the alignment of COWA’s initiatives with the ‘Renewed Hope’ initiative of President Bola Tinubu’s administration. The relaunch event aimed to bring COWA’s activities to the forefront, perform investitures, and raise funds from corporate organizations and well-meaning Nigerians to implement their programs.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, expressed joy at the progress made by COWA under the leadership of his wife, Mrs. Kikelomo Adeniyi. He commended the hard work and sacrifices of COWA members and underscored the commitment of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to support their initiatives.

The relaunch ceremony not only showcased COWA’s initiatives but also served as an avenue to raise funds for the implementation of their programs. With a focus on empowering women, creating educational opportunities, and combating drug abuse, COWA’s vision aligns with broader societal goals and the developmental objectives of the Federal Government. The support and commitment expressed by government officials, business leaders, and diplomats at the event underscored the significance of COWA’s endeavors in contributing to positive social change.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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