In this piece, PLEASURES Magazine takes a look at the impact of the efforts of the Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) under the sterling leadership of Hajiya Nana Aisha Gambo to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Navy in welfare-related projects in charitable ventures which include education, economic empowerment, health, and social services.
The Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) is a forum formulated to provide endearing service to humanity, as well as a platform for solving social and societal problems. NOWA has so far provided the opportunity for social interaction that facilitated the promotion of love, harmony, and cooperation among Naval Officers’ wives and their families. These noble principles have guided the activities of the association with various degrees of emphasis. In the last five decades, NOWA has recorded a number of achievements in its efforts to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Navy in welfare-related projects in the barracks. These are in the areas of education, charitable ventures, economic empowerment, health, social services, and sporting activities.
However, in line with the established tradition and the need to build on the successes recorded in more than five decades of the existence of the association, the current leadership of NOWA under the leadership of Hajiya Nana Aisha Gambo, the 21st president of the association and wife of the 21st Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, (Admiralty Medal) has continued to implement welfare-related projects, contributing to the operational efficiency of the Nigerian Navy.
Hajiya Nana Aisha Gambo noted that the involvement of women in nation-building is an inalienable right, as well as, an inescapable reality for a holistic and comprehensive political, economic, and social advancement in the modern world.
She said, over time, some women who have been entrusted with leading roles to manage human and material resources have more often than not proved that given adequate backing, they can perform creditably.
“Indeed, the 21st Century has birthed the long-awaited desire of women to be in the corridors of power, to be vocal about their needs, and to execute their dreams by contributing their quota to national development,” she said.
Since taking over the mantle of leadership of the association on February 27, 2021, Hajiya Nana Aisha Gambo told PLEASURES Magazine that she remained consistent in enhancing and improving the welfare of families of officers and ratings in the barracks.
Hajiya Nana Aisha Gambo said she has also expanded the scope and reach of the activities of the association to touch the lives of the needy in rural communities in the nooks and crannies of Nigeria. “I am sure, you can tell from some of our projects and outreach programmes that led your magazine to locate the association in the first place,” she said, adding that even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic whose effect affected that association it has continued to give orphans a haven and mitigating the challenges of the pandemic to ensure they are still catered for.
She noted that “COVID-19 came and caused a lot of disruptions globally some of which we are still facing, but as wives of military officers we are taught to always face our problems head-on. So, we always move irrespective of the situation or situations on the ground.”
On humanitarian efforts of the association, she said NOWA over the years has reached out to lots of orphanage homes and is still doing so.
According to her, “We go to different areas and different communities across the nooks and crannies of the country to provide soccour.”
Historically, NOWA came into being on 30 November 1965 under the leadership of Mrs. Anne Wey, wife of the first indigenous Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Joseph Edet Akinwale Wey of blessed memory.
She said it started as a small “Tea Group” for light-hearted discussion by wives of naval officers to kill boredom because of the regular absence of their husbands to sea and also as a forum of rendering assistance to wives of naval ratings in and out of the barracks.
“It was and still is a forum where social problems relating to the less privileged in the society are discussed and where contributions are made to assist the needy,” she said.
However, as part of efforts to ensure that Nigerians living in the rural communities have access to drinkable water, she said NOWA launched a Clean Water Project across the nation. Some of the areas that have benefited from the project are Tafa Community, Niger State Clean Water Project, Sauna Kawaji, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State, Sauna Kawaji, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State, Sauna Kawaji, Nassarawa LGA, Kano State, Rumueme Community, Obio Akpor LGA, Port Harcourt, Rangaza Ward, Ungogo LGA, Kano State, Ogale Village, Oleme LGA, Port Harcourt, Obio Akpor LGA, Port Harcourt, Kaida Village, Gwagwalada, FCT Clean Water Project, Jagbe Village, Etsako West, Edo State, Iraki Village, Kogi State Clean Water Project, Hausa Quarters, Warri, Delta State, Dosara Gishiri, Kano State Water Project, and Chief Frank Nelson Street Okobay Community Ahoada West LGA, Rivers State.
Hajiya Nana Aisha Gambo in briefHajiya Nana Aisha Gambo, the wife of the Nigerian Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo. She grew up in Warri Delta state and attended Igbudu primary school, Warri. She started her secondary education at Nana Model College Warri, but concluded it at Kaduna State at the famous Queen Amina College, Kakuri, Kaduna, after which she gained admission to study Geography at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Samaru Campus and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Geography.
Hajiya Nana is a robust and shrewd businesswoman and anything she touches turns to gold. At 7 years old she was already a petty vendor. To mention a few, she is a property developer, an interior décor icon, she’s into transportation, textile importation, and deals on commodities. She is one of the major distributors with Flour Mills of Nigeria plc. She is the 9th major distributor nationwide on dry foods and the number one throughout the federation on oil and fat.
She has won several awards, some of which include Best Supporting Partner, the Most Outstanding Partner, and the Fastest Growing Partner, all with Flour Mills of Nigeria plc. She was also recently awarded Ambassador of Peace and Security by the International Institute of Professional Security (IIPS).
She is a philanthropist, an entrepreneur, CEO of Framazaz Resources Limited, a company she created in 2005, which has grown to establish several subsidiaries. She is a very passionate person, down-to-earth and straightforward. She is highly committed to her family life. She is a very private person who likes her privacy. She likes traveling and loves dancing.
Company Name: Naval Officers Wives Association of Nigeria
Contact Person: Hajiya Nana Aisha Gambo
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Address:NOWA, No.3, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan Rd., Off State House Clinic Asokoro