By Augustus Bill
The Chairperson, Anambra State chapter of Police Officers Wife Association, Hajiya Khadijah Fayek Umar has promised that her Association would support and extend the ongoing Sickle Cell Sensitization campaigns across the Police Community. She made the promise while receiving members of Association of Persons Living with Sickle Cell Disorder who paid her a courtesy visit at the Anambra State Police Headquarters.
In her speech Aisha Edward, the APLSCD coordinator emphasised on the need for continuous sensitization as a remedy for tackling the menace of Sickle Cell Disorder in the country. She highlighted the role of POWA as a leading NGO in the country and prays that their voice would ignite more positive actions and spur more people to join the campaign.
Aisha maintained that through mordern Community Policing and with the help of POWA the sickle cell sensitization can cut across niches her Association may not be able to reach. She further urged the POWA chairperson to wade into the delayed Sickle Cell Bill in the state, as a continued delay of the passage of the bill is a continued denial of the rights of persons living with sickle cell disorder.
She however applauded the State Commissioner of Police for his strong interests and support for the sickle cell campaigns. Aisha continued that the fight against fraudulent healthcare givers who have maimed lives of her members recorded huge positive results since the police commissioner assumed office, as the commissioner has maintained not just cordial relationship but a listening ear to the Association.
The POWA chairperson, Mrs. Umar, while addressing the members of APLSCD promised that her Association will extend the humanitarian services they have rendered in various sectors to persons living with sickle cell disorder. She Promised to support the sickle cell group in ensuring that the Sensitization cuts across the police Community and to add a voice to the sickle cell bill.
Aisha Edward, the coordinator of the Sickle Cell group expressed joy at the visit, and promised that her association will never relent in her struggles until the sickle cell law is passed and the rights of persons living with sickle cell disorder are protected anywhere in Nigeria. She beckoned on the group of Police wives to add their voices in the call for a just treatment for people living with sickle cell.
Speaking to the Press Shortly after the meeting, Aisha expressed an exceeding joy at the birth of the partnership that would see both groups team up in the continuous sensitization campaigns for Sickle Cell in Nigeria. Aisha described the partnership as a long leap of success, one that would create several inroads for the actualization of a solid Sickle Cell law to protect the welfare and rights of persons living with the disorder in Nigeria.
Highlights of the event were the presentation of the Complementary Copy of SOJA Magazine Containing APLSCD Successful Campaign and sickle cell sensitization booklet to the POWA chairperson by the APLSCD coordinator, and the presentation of an official plaque of courtesy by the POWA chairperson to the APLSCD coordinator.
Present at the meeting were Hajiya Khadija Fayek Umar, the Chairperson of POWA, Mrs. Fasugba Chinenye, POWA secretary, Mrs Odumu Patience, POWA Assistant Secretary and other executives of the Association and wives of very senior Officers.
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