The Naval Officers’ Wives Association (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. 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.
NOWA has provided the opportunity for social interaction which facilitated the promotion of love, harmony and co-operation 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 4 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 and social services as well as sporting activities.
The Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) Day care, Nursery and Primary Schools are meant to cater for the academic needs of naval officers children as well as the general public.
Some of the achievements of NOWA President, Mrs Theresa Ibas are:
The NOWA President has commenced renovation of the NOWA Secretariat Abuja
NOWA partners with New Horizons Nigeria in training individuals, pupils and students of NOWA Schools on International Certifications courses
NOWA has embarked on massive purchase of customized School uniforms and other uniforms across NOWA schools nationwide.
Payment of debt owed various contractors before her administration in an attempt to clear the backlog of debt
Repair and purchase of tyres for the NOWA School Buses in all the NOWA schools.
Construction of new hostels and finishing at NOWA Secondary School, Offa, Kwara State
Renovation of NOWA Education Centre, Karshi. Which is NOWA Secondary School in Abuja