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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike commended Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman and State Police Commissioner, Friday Eboka for their commitment and professionalism in resolving the security issues and improving the skills of police officers and their spouses in the state. .
He also commended the efforts of the Police Officers Wives Association in constructing a skills acquisition center for the wives of police officers in Rivers State at Igwuruta in the government area. local of Ikwerre.
Speaking during the commissioning of the centre, named after Hajiya Hajara Usman Alkali Baba, Chairwoman of POWA and wife of the Inspector General of Police, at Igwuruta Division Headquarters in the Local Government Area of Ikwerre last Wednesday, the Governor recalled that when he was in June 2021, Hajara Usman Alkali Baba visited for the first time and sought support to establish the center for wives and children of police officers in Rivers State, the state government did not hesitate to partner with POWA to establish the center.
Wike, who was represented by the Secretary of State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo, said it was commendable that the skills acquisition center was built to enable wives, children and all those who care about police officers acquiring skills.
“I remember on your first visit to the state you promised to establish this center, and you individually followed the progress of the work and now we are here to commission the project. I must say indeed that you are a great woman, a lover of police wives and children and a lover of Rivers State. And you are a good woman and a woman of action. You deserve this praise.
“It is good that this center has been created to provide skills training for our police wives, children and anyone who cares. It is important that when white collar jobs are not available, we have other ways to hold ourselves accountable.
“There is no doubt that we have many challenges with the Nigerian education system. Unlike other countries, our students only learn to get degrees, not to create jobs. »
Skills acquisition, vocational and entrepreneurial training are not available. That’s why we have a high unemployment rate. It is a good example. I urge you all to help create jobs in the country to reduce crime”.
The Governor further commended the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, for his commitment and professionalism in addressing security issues in the state.
“I further ask you to express our sincere gratitude to your husband, Inspector General of Police Alkali Baba Usman. Everyone in Rivers State can testify that today, security in the Condition has improved significantly.
“It’s thanks to professional efforts to fight crime. This is how we have to deal with crime. If the police continue to improve, Nigeria’s dream of having a safe and secure country in the near future will come true.
The President of the Police Officers Wives Association and wife of the Inspector General of Police, Hajiya Hajara Usman Alkali Baba, thanked Wike for her continued support and commitment to POWA.
Addressing the Governor, she said, “You personally initiated and funded the completion of the Rivers State POWA Skills Center for the upliftment and betterment of women and youth in our police community.”
According to her, “white collar jobs are not real since they are no longer available in the labor market, hence the need for women and young people to be properly equipped with the necessary skills.
“It was my dream to transform POWA into an economically viable organization through entrepreneurship that can contribute positively to our young and old women and youth. It will take on the traits of insecurity, reduce the unemployment rate and create wealth and economic prosperity within the police family and add value to the lives of police families.”
She urged all POWA Chapters across the country to emulate the giant leap taken by Rivers State POWA and replicate its importance in their states, and urged grantees to use the center for the good of all.
Earlier, Rivers State Command Police Commissioner Mr. Ebola Friday thanked the Governor for partnering with POWA to establish the center, and the President of POWA for spearheading the initiative.
“The Inspector General of Police is trying to improve our welfare and make sure we get everything we need to keep crime down to a minimum. What the IGP does to us, the woman does at POWA. We know that this action on his part will help stabilize the family,” he said.
The wife of the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Mrs. Chimelum Ebola, thanked the POWA President for taking the time to come and commission the project as she promised the center would be well used by POWA members, Rivers State.

From: Nelson Chukwudi


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