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NGO Trains Military Wives On Mental Health, Psychological Support in Abuja

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Joel Ajayi

In its effort to support and equip Nigeria’s women on mental health, psychological, a non-governmental organization known as ”The Support Nest Initiative” has trained officers’ wives in Abuja to help them navigate through peculiarities of military marriages as well as life.

 

The 5-day training which took place inside the Lungi Barracks focuses on the mental health of the Nigerian Military wives and will enable them to become first respondents and lay counsellors in their communities.

Speaking on Friday at the end of, the awareness, the Director of the organization, Bukola Ugbuji said that objective of the training is to the mental awareness and support to a person suffering from mental health illnesses, especially service, women, and their families.

She lamented that the mental health of the military wife has been neglected and as one of the officer’s wives who know the pains and would not want others to pass through the same.

According to her, while the military has psychologists and psychiatrists to look after the men, it seems as their families are neglected. At the end of the day, there are not enough military psychologists to go round.

“We are going to set up groups and distribute fliers and notification to people across the Barracks. We will tell them to call a particular number if they need to talk. The number will be routed to the women who will then be able to offer to counsel.

“Living and caring for the family member experiencing Pos-TrumaticStress Disorder PSTD could be challenging, that is why we have compiled the list of ways to support the affected family member.”

She revealed that that the organization also holds sensitization workshops and campaigns within the barracks and military formations to raise awareness of mental health issues particularly those common within the military.

Mrs. Ugbuji, the mental health enthusiast added that the 24 women have been trained to become lay counselors who will go into their communities and offer the first line of support to members of their community.

Speaking earlier, the facilitator and Special Programmes Coordinator for ILERA Community Health Initiative, Nigeria, Yomi Oloko revealed that its programme which was funded by the African Foundation for Development, UK was aimed at supporting training on mental health, a topic which is necessary especially with the trauma and stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He stated that the women are trained to be lay counselors, explaining that the lay counsellors were ordinary people who want to be a helper or support people who have mental issues by listening to them and urging them to open up and talk to find their own solution to the issues they face.

“Lay counsellors are important particularly now that we had a lot of issues around depression and anxiety, especially with the COVID-19. A lot of people are worried and they need people they can talk to sometimes, they need independent or neutral people.”

One of the participants, Kauna Ottah, commended the organization for the training saying it will go a long way to help her handle people with mental health issues.

“Also, our personnel who are out there in the Northeast and Northwest might come back with trauma because of what they have experienced. The training is a welcome development because it is going to have a positive impact on our soldiers, we the spouse and our families.”

 

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Governor Obaseki Congratulates Edo Citizens on Prestigious National Award

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By Esho Ayemoba in Benin


The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has congratulated citizens of Edo State origin who have been bestowed with prestigious national awards, in recognition of their invaluable contributions to Nigeria’s development.


The governor, in a statement, lauded the awardees for their immense contributions to the socioeconomic growth and development of the country and for being worthy ambassadors.


He said, “It is with great pride that I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the esteemed citizens of Edo State origin who have been bestowed with prestigious national awards, in recognition of their invaluable contributions to Nigeria’s development and for being worthy ambassadors of our beloved country.


“I offer my felicitations to Augustine Oyarekhua Alegeh SAN, Chief (Dr) Leemon Agbonjagwe Ikpea and Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, on their distinguished investiture with the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) awards.


“I also applaud Charles Ekhoeutowmen Idahosa and Maj. Gen. Anthony Bamidele Omozoje for their meritorious conferment of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) awards.”


The governor continued, “Furthermore, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the recipients of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) awards, Dr. Mrs. Owen Omogiafo and Victor Ifijeh. Their exceptional achievements deserve commendation.


“I must also commend Victor Osimhen, who has been honoured with the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) award for his remarkable exploits in the realm of football, which have earned you global acclaim.


“As a government, we take immense pride in the fact that you, our sons and daughters, have attained a well-deserved elevated status for your outstanding achievements and for raising the bar in your different pursuits and spheres of influence.”


“We extend our best wishes for success in all your future endeavours, as you continue to enhance the reputation of our dear state and nation,” Obaseki added.


Maj. Gen. Omozoje, attended Eghosa Anglican Grammar School, Benin-City, graduating with excellent grades in 1984, this was before attending the Nigeria Defence Academy Kaduna and other prestigious Military schools overseas.
He is currently the Chief of Policy and Planning,  Nigeria Army, Abuja.

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