Customs officers’ wives seek N500m to address challenges affecting members, others

The Customs Officers’ Wives Association (COWA) has sought a total of N500m funding to address numerous challenges affecting its members and other vulnerable persons in the society.

Wife of the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs and National President, Customs Officers’ Wives Association (COWA) Mrs Kikelomo Adeniyi, stated this plan at the re-launch, investiture of Patrons/Patronesses and Fund-raising Dinner of the Association in Abuja at the weekend.

She hinted that the organization plans to train and empower 1,200 of its members in various skills, to enable them contribute meaningfully to the wellbeing  of their families and the society.

According to her the training and empowerment started gradually last year to fulfill the association’s mandate of extending support to the widows and children of fallen Customs officers as well as less privileged people in the society.

“It has been well established that investing in women is good for families, communities, and the national economy. Such investments pay dividends in terms of inclusive economic growth and human capital development. Investing in women’s economic empowerment also supports the drive to eradicate poverty.

“COWA is therefore determined to expand the economic opportunities of its members through significant investments in training and suitable empowerment programmes. Our plan is to train and empower 1,200 of our members in the course of this year, to enable them contribute meaningfully to the economies of their families and the society. We already started this training and empowerment gradually last year but our target this year is to spread it to a large number of our members in various parts of the country. We have also concluded plans to set up a fully equipped ultramodern COWA Skills Acquisition Centre here in Abuja where our members will receive regular training and retraining.”

Mrs. Adeniyi who expressed the belief that supporting the poor and needy not only benefits the economy but also improves society as a whole, said“over the past six months, we have supported many orphanages and brought smiles to the faces of many children, youths and even adults in various parts of the country.”