By Chinedu Adonu
ENUGU—GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, weekend said the state government would continue to empower women and youths to reduce poverty especially at the rural areas.Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State
Ugwuanyi said this while laying the foundation stone for the N100 million Police Officers’ Wives Association, POWA, Ultra-Modern Skill Acquisition, Secretariat and Event Centre at the Superior Police Officers Mess, Agbani Road, Enugu.
The governor said his administration had continued to design programmes in all sectors to alleviate poverty and create inclusion to governance and its benefits to women in the state.
Ugwuanyi, was represented at the event by Commissioner for Gender Affair and Social Development, Princess (Mrs) Peace Nnaji.
He said the state’s traders’ empowerment programme was targeted at market women; the various skill acquisitions, from which thousands had benefited.
“We are also sure that this centre, when completed, will help to empower women and help to improve the economies of their families, as well as assist the state to reduce poverty. My administration’s cardinal purpose is to reduce poverty. While we are pursuing it using women as a focal point to touch families and communities.”
The governor, however, thanked POWA for coming up with such project as well as the police command for supporting the state’s POWA chapter to see the project to fruition.
On his part, State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Danmallam, said the project, when completed, would help to check joblessness and idleness among wives of police personnel in various police barracks and formations in the state.
Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, Chairman, Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council, who also served as the chairman of the occasion, lauded the commissioner and his wife for their commitment to improving the image of the police and its personnel.
Earlier, the Chairperson of POWA in Enugu State, Mrs. Bilikisu Danmallam, the wife of Enugu State Commissioner of Police, assured that any fund generated in the course of the project would be Judiciously used for the purpose for which it was meant.
“We in POWA understand the position of our national economy. We appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari and his team as well as Governor Ugwuanyi in trying their best to reposition the nation’s economy. This project, when completed, will serve as a melting point for POWA
activities and a point of call for women and children who may need the assistance of the association whether within the police community and outside it,” she said.