The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, has disclosed why the armed forces gave a higher rank and honour due to the spouse, to the serving officers.
Receiving the President of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association, NAOWA, Mrs Elizabeth Irefen, Officers and members, at the Ake Palace today, Oba Gbadebo, explained that the Military acknowledged and appreciated the load of responsibilities on the shoulders of the wives that the husband or the wives, in some cases, would be facing in action such as in the warfront, the homefront and the rear were being taken care of by the wives.
The Egba Arch Monarch also commended the efforts of the Army Officer’s Wives in their humanistic programs such as setting up Nursery, Primary and Skill Acquisition Schools as well as setting up Orphanages and Haven Homes for the Elderly and the needy.
He noted with satisfaction the high standard of education and professionalism among the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives adding that their spouses had made the right choices.
Alake also Prayed that their mission to establish coexistence between military and the civilians will be successful and spread all over the nation.
Earlier in her address, the President of NAOWA, Mrs Elizabeth Irefen and members of the Association told the Alake and Egba Chiefs that the Association decided to pay a courtesy visit to the Egba Paramount Monarch for royal blessing which she said was necessary before her new administration would take off as the wife of the 81 Artillery Brigade Commander.
She disclosed that NAOWA is a non governmental organisation set up to give support to the children especially the orphan, to the elderly and the needy in the society.
Mrs Irefen further disclosed that as at the moment, the Association is running a successful Nursery and Primary School, Vocational Centres, and planning another Vocational Centre as well as Care Centre for the elderly.
Among Obas and Chiefs present at the occasion were Aare Ganiu Babayeju, Olu Oke-Odo; Oba Mufutau Akindele, Olu Taafin; Oba Adebayo, Agbaakin Rasheed Raji, Adaranijo Chief Lawrence Bankole, Baamowe, Prof. Ajao Adelekan, GbegbaAje Chief (Mrs) Teju Bakre and Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode.