The Chairperson of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) 7 Division Chapter, Mrs Abdulsalam Abubakar today Saturday, 6 May, 2023 unveiled the first phase of NAOWA Tricycle Shuttle Service to assuage the worrisome trend of internal transport system for families within Maimalari Military Cantonment.
While performing the unveiling ceremony, the NAOWA Chairperson said “On assumption of office, I observed that one of the challenges faced by the families of our soldiers particularly women and children in Maimalari Cantonment was the movement from the accommodation areas to the cantonment gate”. She emphatically expressed how women and children are usually faced with problems of inadequate space for their goods purchased in the market and rampant accidents especially during the rainy season leading to fatalities in some instances.
She therefore stated that it was due to these obvious reasons that it became necessary to seek for a better, safer and cheaper alternative mode of transportation within the cantonment in line with the visionary and sterling leadership of the NAOWA President, Mrs Salamatu Faruk Yahaya.
The Chairperson thereafter disclosed that in a bid to reduce the discomfort to our families “I considered it wise and as a matter of utmost importance to procure 3 units of tricycles (popularly called Keke NAPEP) to ferry them at a cheaper rate with the ultimate aim to alleviate the suffering of women and children in particular and the entire cantonment community in general she added.
She also stated that the provision of these 3 tricycles was just Phase 1 of other Phases to follow with plans to further improve the working condition of the families and create an enabling teaching and learning enviroment for teachers and pupils in NAOWA Nursery and Primary School in the Cantonment. The highlight of the event was the unveiling and presentation of the Tricycles to the operators as well as the maiden ride of the Chairperson and the GOC 7 Divison, Maj Gen AE Abubakar who was the Special Guest of Honour in one of the Tricycles chauffeured by the Magajiya of the Cantonment”