By Esther Akaa
Nasarawa State POWA Chairperson, Pst. Abimbola Longe making a remark.
The Police Officers Wives Association (POWA), Nasarawa State chapter has donated relief materials to wives of deceased police officers who died in line of duty to ameliorate their plights.
The items donated to the widows include 18 grinding machines, 5 hair dryers, 2 sewing machines, among other items.
The state Chairperson of POWA and wife of the state Commissioner of Police, Pastor (Mrs) Abimbola Longe, presented the items to 25 widows during a dinner and award night held recently in Lafia, the state capital.
Mrs Longe said the gesture was aimed at ameliorating the hardship experienced by the widows, since the demise of their husbands who died while carrying out national assignments.
She added, “tonight is a night to give our husbands a lift, to celebrate them and appreciate the burden they are carrying and as their wives, we want to tell them that we celebrate them and that we are behind them. We believe that with the police, the future of Nigeria will be better.
“Apart from celebrating our husbands, we are also empowering the widows whose husbands died in active service. So, tonight we are able to bring together, grinding machines, sewing machines, hair dryers and others items we can’t disclose here due to want of time.
“We want to tell the officers who died that we love and celebrate them even in death,” she said.
She appreciated the support of Governor Abdullahi Sule saying: “We thank his Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Sule, a man of vision, a man who is exceeding all limits and breaking barriers. We say thank you for your support to POWA.”
In his remark, Governor Sule commended POWA for its humanitarian gesture aimed at alleviating the sufferings of the widows among them.
The governor also donated the sum of N1 million, 50 bags of rice, 75 bags of Semolina, 10 cartoons of spaghetti, 10 cartons of Indomie noodles and 100 bags of sugar to assist the widows.
He thanked the state Commissioner of Police, CP Bola Longe for his effort towards combating crime in the state.
“I want to thank a pastor, a man of God, the professional police officer, CP Bola Longe for the wonderful things he has continued to do not only for Nasarawa state but for Nigeria at large. You and your team have redefined protection of citizens when it comes to police affairs in Nasarawa state.
“Indeed this second wave of COVID-19 is aggressive and so we must work together and there is no better team to work with than the police and with the good work POWA is doing, I believe will achieve results,” Governor Sule said.
He, thanked the police officers deployed to the state for supporting the commissioner of police to achieve all the successes recorded so far in the state.
On his part, the state of Commissioner of Police, CP Longe said the event was first of its kind in the state, meant to recognise those who have contributed to the successes recorded in the fight against criminality in the state.
“This event is to give awards to some of our personalities particularly to the man who is the balancer of the governace and socio-economic structures in Nasarawa State, Engr Abdullahi Sule and our police General, IGP Mohammed Adamu and other noticeable personalities within and outside the police.
“We are also presenting some items to our widows and our retired Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Finance and Administration, DPC Usman who has served the police for 35 years and has taken an exit from the police,” the CP said.
He thanked the governor for giving him support to enable him carry out the job of protecting lives and property in the state.
Governor Sule was presented with the award of Transformative Leader while the IGP, Mohammed Adamu was presented with Rare Achiever award among other personalities.