BY FUNMI ALUKO
Customs Officers’ Wives Association (COWA) has resolved to support the nation’s educational system through quality intervention with the establishments of primary and post primary institutions across the country, its Chairperson, Mrs. Kikelomo Adeniyi has said.
The COWA leader who disclosed above during a courtesy visit to the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR to congratulate him for his appointment alongside his management team, said COWA has also been quietly involved in humanitarian support programme by reaching out to orphanages.
Addressing the delegation at the Conference Room of the Nigeria Customs Headquarters in Abuja, the CGC thanked his august guest for their visit and pledged that the NCS will continue to support them in their noble endeavours within the ambit of the law.
“Let me start by saying that we recognized what COWA stands for and as our wives, first and foremost, we know that you all represent love. The Management Team of the Nigeria Customs Service highly recognizes COWA as a veritable partner for development.”
He applauded the association for thinking along the line of the service plan to establish Primary and Secondary Schools across the federation, to improve the educational system of their wards and communities.
“I know that Abuja is very strategic, and there are over three thousand Customs Officers working in various Headquarters formations who have families here, and these officers need to educate their children without spending exorbitant fees; thus, we take this matter as a priority. What we will do is to acquire land within Abuja, and the project is hopefully going to be co-opted in our 2024 budget.”
Speaking earlier, Mrs. Adeniyi said the desire of COWA is to contribute to assisting people in view of the current economic situation, lamenting that COWA has been half-dead in recent years. After highlighting some areas the association wants the NCS to support it to achieve its programmes, she said that the association’s current focus is the training for their members on family health well-being, skill acquisition and empowerment, embarking on a campaign against drug abuse and promoting basic education.
COWA is a non-profit organization of Customs’ Wives that specializes in empowering spouses and families of Customs Officers, wives of fallen Customs Officers, and less privileged persons across the federation through various outreach programs.