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DEPOWA President Vows Zero Tolerance for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse


Abuja, Nigeria – President of the Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA), Mrs Oghogho Gwabin Musa, has marked her one-year anniversary in office with a call to action, echoing the United Nations Secretary General’s stance that ‘Sexual Exploitation and Abuse have no place in our society.’

Speaking at an event held at the General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin Multi-purpose hall, DEPOWA School, Mogadishu Barracks, Mrs Musa pledged to investigate and address all reported cases of sexual exploitation and abuse, holding perpetrators accountable. The event brought together teens and youth to discuss the prevalent menace of sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as drug abuse.

Mrs Musa’s vision for DEPOWA is to empower women and girls to become productive contributors to society, driven by a deep sense of values and hard work. Over the past year, DEPOWA has made a significant impact in the lives of women and youth, focusing on healthcare, fitness, education, agriculture, and skills training.

The President emphasized the importance of recognizing the severity of the consequences of abuses and working towards reducing its prevalence within the community. She urged the youth to develop personal values and goals, and pledged her support to any victim who reports sexual exploitation or drug abuse.

The event featured insightful presentations from Mrs Chika Anozie and Mrs Olajumoke Ganiyat Jenyo, who spoke on the dangers of drug abuse and sexual exploitation and abuse, respectively. Their messages were clear: drug abuse and sexual exploitation and abuse have no place in our society, and together, we can create a safer, more supportive community for all.

As DEPOWA begins its second year under Mrs Musa’s leadership, the association is poised to continue making a difference in the barracks community and beyond. With a commitment to adding value to the lives of women and youth, DEPOWA is a shining example of the impact that can be made when individuals come together towards a common goal.

Mrs Musa’s call to action is a testament to her dedication to creating a society free from sexual exploitation and abuse. Her leadership and vision for DEPOWA are an inspiration to many, and her commitment to empowering women and girls is a step in the right direction towards creating a more equitable society.

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