NGO Empowers Army Officers’ Wives

Comfort Literacy and Capacity Enhancement (CLICE) Foundation, a non-profit organisation, has partnered the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), 13 Brigade Chapter, Calabar, to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day in Calabar.

The event held at the Headquarters of 13 Brigade Barracks, Akim-Calabar with the theme Time is now…Transforming women’s lives, witnessed the unveiling of Barracks Women Economic Empowerment Program (BWEEP), an initiative aimed at enhancing the livelihood of women in the barracks through theri involvement in agricultural production.

Participants witnessed the demonstration of fish processing using the Market Development Programme in the Niger Delta (MADE), which facilitated 250kg-improved smoking technology adopted by the 13 Brigade Commander, Brigadier-General Ismaila Isa to support the BWEEP through the 13 Brigade Barracks Investment Initiatives.

CLICE Foundation founder Ms Comfort Onyaga, expressed appreciation to individuals, groups and associations who honoured the invitation to attend the event. She noted tht having stayed in the barracks, she understood the plight of women who live in the barracks, hence, her resolve to take this year’s Women’s Day celebration to the place to change the narratives of the women for the better.

Ms Onyaga revealed plans to set up cluster farms for the women in  various value chain, such as cassava, mushroom farming, snail farming, fish processing and poultry.

NAOWA Co-ordinator, 13 Brigade Chapter, Calabar, Mrs Maimuna Isa, who was represented by the Assistant Co-ordinator, Mrs Juliet Nzan,, described the 2018 International Women’s Day theme as apt and timely, given the challenges confronting women.

American Corner Coordinator Mrs Ann Mesembe, who spoke Rural and urban activists – Transforming women’s lives, described women as home-makers, who nurture family and society. She harped on gender parity to actualise equal opportunities for men and women in political, economic, social and cultural arena.

Guest speaker and former Registrar University of Calabar Dr Julia Omang called on women to distinguish themselves through diligence and hard work.

Nigerian Legion Chairman, Capt. J. E. Offiong (rtd) donated two garri processing equipment and one grinding machine to CLICE Foundation to support BWEEP.

Other individuals and guests at the event included Yacine Fall from the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), the Naval Officers’ Wives Association (NOWA), Immigration Officers’ Wives Association (IMMOWA), Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA), Prison Officers’ Wives Association (PROWA), Road Safety Officers’ Wives Association (ROSOWA), the Nigerian Legion, NDLEA, NSCDC, DSS, Nigerian Custom Service and the Nigerian Air Force.

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