By Sumaila Ogbaje
The South-South Women Empowerment Forum (SSWEF) has commended the President, Defense and Police Officers Wife’s Association (DEPOWA), Mrs Oghogho Musa, for reaching out to widows of fallen heroes in the region.
The group gave the commendation in a statement by its President, Mrs Michelle Amakiri and Secretary, Dr Eno Akpan, on Wednesday in Abuja.
They said Wife of the Chief of Defense Staff, had recently donated food items to 120 widows at the headquarters of the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe in Yenagoa, to commemorate the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
The group added that about 150 widows of some fallen heroes in Rivers , also received palliatives from DEPOWA in Port Harcourt.
They said the various initiatives of DEPOWA was a big boost to ongoing military operations across the country.
The women group added that troops were being encouraged to give their best for the country through the various initiatives of the association.
According to SSWEF, “We will continue to pray for safe return of our troops to their families.
“Their sacrifices for our country is invaluable and will not be forgotten and anything done to encourage them is a plus for the war against insurgency.
“We also commend the President of DEPOWA for her engagement with other stakeholders to get more support to widows of fallen heroes and families of serving personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“With what is being done, our troops are aware that not just the Armed Forces, other Nigerians appreciate what they are doing to return peace and stability to troubled spots in the country,” they said.
The women also recalled the recent donation of plots of land by the Promiseland Estate to 10 families of fallen heroes in Abuja through DEPOWA as well as the gift of N500,000 each to the beneficiaries by Mrs Musa.
“Also, The Elderly Support Scheme under the Renewed Hope Initiative, spearheaded by the First Lady, Sen. Remi Tinubu, in partnership with DEPOWA earmarked a total of N950 million to assist 250 retired military and police personnel in Abuja,” the group added. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)