The 23rd Amoured Brigade chapter of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) on Wednesday distributed personal breast cancer examination kits to some women in the barracks after an enlightenment campaign.
The NAOWA Coordinator of the brigade, Mrs Magaret Akinroluyo, said in Yola that the gesture is part of the association’s efforts to improve the lives of soldiers’ families.
Akinroluyo said that the decision to concentrate on breast cancer was due the fact that many women are ignorant of it’s danger.“The ignorance on the effects of cancer in our society has done more harm to people due to lack of adequate awareness on the dangers of the disease.It is against this background that we decided to organize an enlightenment and education programme on cancer for our women in the barracks to ensure that they take preventive measures against the disease”,she said.
“Cancer is classified into different categories but we decided to focus our training on breast cancer which is the most common cancer that women face in their lifetime,” Akinroluyo added.
She also commended the national president of the association, Mrs. Ummu-Kulsum Buratai, for her support to the branch of the union.
The coordinator disclosed that 303 women in the barracks had undergone skills acquisition training and were provided with tools for different trades.
She lauded Gov. Muhammadu Bindow for supporting widows in the barracks with N2.5 million during the last armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration.“We also received support from Forum of Retired Female Permanent Secretaries in the state who trained our widows on skills acquisition and presented relief materials”, she said.
She also commended the Wife of the Governor,Mrs. Maryam Bindow, for her support to the association and barracks community.
Mrs Bindow commended NAOWA for its efforts and promised to partner with the union in rendering humanitarian services.