Wife of Commandant, Depot Nigerian Army, Applonia Ndidi-Ezugwa, has concluded her renovation and donations of some health facilities to Depot NA/Nigerian Military School (NMS) Medical Centre in Zaria, Kaduna State.
It was gathered that Ezugwa also built and donated a block of classrooms to Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) Nursery/Primary School, Chindit Barrack, Zaria.
Both projects were inaugurated on Friday by the wife of Chief of Army Staff, Umma-Kalsum Tukur Buratai.
Mrs Buratai described the gesture as a wonderful contribution to national development.
“I am highly delighted to share in this joy of improving the health of women and children in the cantonment in particular and the society in general.
“This clearly shows that NAOWA is alive and very active in Zaria as well as striving to positively affect lives of officers, soldiers and their families.
“In the same spirit, I am glad to inform this august gathering that the multi-million Naira ultra-modern NAOWA Specialist Hospital, Abuja, which is my pet project is on the verge of completion and will soon be commissioned.
“The hospital, when completed will be equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities geared towards providing the necessary healthcare required for families of troops in the barracks as well as communities around.”
Mrs Buratai noted the ceremony was timely considering the importance of quality education in the lives of children as well as the risk associated with pregnancy and childbirth.
She encouraged parents to take advantage of the NAOWA school and enrol their children as the atmosphere in the school was very conducive for learning.
She also encouraged women to patronise the newly equipped maternity to cater for their antenatal and postnatal services.
The commandant’s wife had earlier said the main objectives of NAOWA was to promote the wellbeing of families of officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army and to build capacity for the less privileged and the needy in the society.
“In line with these objectives, NAOWA Zaria chapter under my watch has made frantic efforts to actualise the realisation of NAOWA set goals.
“One of such efforts is the establishment of NAOWA Primary School and renovation/equipping of this maternity for the benefit of our children and women in Chindit Cantonment.” She said.