A group, under the aegis of the Customs Officers Wives Association has disclosed that it has begun several initiatives aimed at supporting the families of fallen officers and enhancing the lives of the association’s members.
The COWA disclosed this on Friday, through its president, Kikelomo Adeniyi shortly after a courtesy visit to Ogun Area Command, Nigeria Customs, Idi Iroko, Ogun State.
The association also pointed out that it has put in place plans to equip no fewer than 1,200 customs officers’ wives to be financially stable by 2024.
Mrs Adeniyi explained that the association has begun several initiatives aimed at supporting the families of fallen officers and enhancing the lives of the association’s members.
She stated that not only the wives would benefit but also their children, who would be given proper education and training.
She said the association is working on starting the COWA Nursery and Primary School, and COWA Secondary School to enable us to provide good, qualitative, and affordable education to our children, and reduce the financial burden on Customs officers who pay exorbitant fees to educate their children in private schools.
She added, “Our focus in this regard is to provide educational support and scholarships to the children through the payment of school fees, and vocational empowerment of the bereaved wives to make them self-reliant.
“I want to appeal for financial support for these programs from our husbands and heads of households. We assure them of prudence and accountability in managing the resources.
“I will also urge all officers from the rank of ASC II to allow their wives to join COWA and encourage them to participate in the activities of the association.”
The association, however, gave souvenirs, which include food items, to eleven wives, who lost their husbands in service.