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Navy wives to personnel: write your wills

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The President of Naval Officers’ Wives Association (NOWA), Mrs. Theresa Ibas, has urged officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy to write their wills and testaments to spare their wives and children untoward hardship when they die.

Mrs. Ibas spoke on Monday in Lagos at a seminar on activities marking Navy’s 63rd anniversary.

According to her, the women and children are usually worse hit when their breadwinners die unexpectedly, especially without plans for their future.

Mrs Ibas also urged the personnel to check their health regularly and avoid indulging in habits that are inimical to their wellbeing or their loved ones.

“If you want to live long and take care of your responsibility, then you have to take care of your health.

“When death comes – because it is inevitable – the woman who is left behind to cater for the children finds it difficult to cope with the problems left behind.

“So, I will advise everybody to write their will and state things the way they want it when they are no more. Nobody prays for death but it can come anytime,” she said.

The NAOWA president reiterated the association’s commitment to raise the quality of life of navy families and strengthen ties.

“It is in this regard that we have carefully considered the need to organise a seminar, such as this, to further remind us of our commitments to our own health and our families.

“These seminar topics are contemporary and relevant to our society. The topic on health is aimed at encouraging us to take personal responsibilities and be partners in our own health,” she said.

Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, who was represented by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command (WNC), Rear Admiral Oladele Daji, hailed NOWA for the welfarist and philanthropic programmes it executed for the personnel and their children.

Noting that the Navy has a structure in place to ensure that benefits accrued to the personnel get to their next-of-kin, in the case of death, Ibas said it was not a replacement for writing their wills and testaments.

The Nation reports that a United States-based physician, Dr. Titilayo Abiona, and a lawyer, Mrs. Ngozi Ogbolu, lectured participants on the topics.


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