Sensitization Training for Innovation and Empowerment organized by the
National Centre for Women Development.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development,
Alhaja Mariam Ogunlade who made this known during the training
programme at the Skills Acquisition Centre in Ado Ekiti, said that 45
women were trained and empowered with working tools for catering and
tailoring works while 80 indigent women were given grants to start
small scale business.
Linking the development to the pledge made by the Federal Government
in the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic to alleviate the probable
effects and sufferings that the outbreak might have inflicted on the
well-being of the people, the Commissioner who spoke through the
Director, Women Affairs Department, Mrs. Sola Adeluyi said that the
gesture was in tandem with the agenda of the Fayemi led administration
to promote self-reliance and ease poverty among women and youths in
Ogunlade added that the administration recognized the importance of
women empowerment especially through skills acquisition to efforts at
making life more meaningful for people in the State.
She assured that the State government would continue to initiate
empowerment programme especially for women and youths as well as
create enabling environment for other stakeholders who may want to
complement government’s efforts.
Ogunlade advised the beneficiaries to judiciously utilize the skills
acquired at the training programme and grants given to them towards
making their lives better, stressing the need for them to justify
government’s huge investment in them.
In her remarks, the Director-General, National Centre for Women
Development, Dr. Asabe Vilita Bashir explained that the programme was
organized to facilitate improvement of livelihood of the people in
line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s focus of bringing 100 million
Nigerians out of poverty and reducing the impact of Covid-19 on women
and youths in the country.
According to her, 18 States cutting across the six geopolitical zones
of the federation would benefit from this phase of training and
She advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the equipment they
got adding that beneficiaries that received grants should also use the
money for the purpose they got the bequests.