By Rebecca Ejiforma
Wife of Inspector General of Police and National President of Police Wives Association (POWA), Barrister Asmau Ndayako Ibrahim Idris, has cautioned all wives of Police officers in Lagos State to maintain a hygienic lifestyle with constant environmental sanitation as efforts to rid off illnesses caused by such diseases.
She said this during the routine Tour to Lagos State for flag-off of Environmental Sanitation and Barracks Inspection, Inauguration of the Water Project and Economic Empowerment of Police Wives Association (PWA) members in Lagos at Oduduwa Ikeja GRA, Lagos.
â€œYou should maintain a healthy environment at all times. It is said that cleanliness is next to godliness. We are aware that 50 per cent of diseases in African can be eradicated by cleanliness. Diseases like malaria, diarrhea and vomiting, skin rashes among others are linked to dirty environment.
Idris, therefore, said that it was imperative for them all to ensure the health of their husbands and families is in good shape by keeping a clean environment. â€œSo, as I flag off this environmental sanitation today, I implore the Lagos State POWA members to make it a duty to keep their environment clean. This must be followed by regular routine barracks inspection.â€
On the inauguration of the water project at the Highway Police Barracks, she said: â€œWater is life. We need water to keep a clean environment. Communities without good water supply are more afflicted with communicable diseases.â€
As the national president, she commended the Lagos Commissioner of Policeâ€™s wife, Mrs. Mary Edgal, for her laudable programmes in such a short period she came in. â€œI encourage other chairpersons to emulate her. I have no doubt from what I have seen that she will take POWA in Lagos to enviable heights.â€
Meanwhile, wife of CP Lagos, Mrs. Edgal, described POWA as a platform that tries to make life easier by providing adequate tools for financial and social development, adding that cleanliness of their environment and the barracks lies in their hands.
She expressed further that the kitchen and the food consumed must be done under good hygienic conditions. â€œEven the clothes of our husbands must be well-washed and cared for. Even our body must be well-cared for. Let us keep the barracks clean.â€
IGâ€™s wife said: â€œThe officersâ€™ wives need to live in a healthy environment so that you will look healthy. Health is wealth. That is why we have brought this team of medical personnel here.”
Some of the rules listed out to the wives. They included: once a child attains age 18, he or she should be provided a place to stay outside the barracks, no selling of things in the barracks, except in Mami Market; no drinking of alcohol or playing of cards in the barracks, no bringing in of more than one wife to the barracks â€“ only the first wife and her children can live with the officer in the barracks among others.
On the empowerment, the IG’s wife said: â€œWe try to keep police wives busy by empowering them. And we try to make life easier for them by providing basic social amenities in their environment, hence, this step today.â€