By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”Wife of Bayelsa State governor, Mrs. Alanyingi Sylva, yesterday challenged various intervention agencies and multi nationals in the Niger Delta to avoid excluding women in empowerment projects and development strategies for the region.
According to her, the empowerment of women is the cheapest means to solving contentious issues in the region.
She said though the women folk have started gaining relevance among the political class in the region, â€œthe issues of empowerment programmes and skill acquisition and development strategies should be promoted to strengthen the women folk in their homes and ensure proper orientation of youths in the region.â€
Mrs. Alayingi Sylva, who made her position known in Yenagoa at the Maggi Women Forum 2009, said the skill acquisition programmes in the region will empower women with basic skills in their homes and help them learn more about their wardsâ€™ activities and assist in curbing crime at the early stage.
She commended the organizers of the Maggi Women Forum, 2009, for coming up with the programme which would help to empower women with quality information and education on ways to prepare meals that could assist women who might decide to utilize the skills acquired.
Commissioner for Gender and Social Development, Ms. Dora Oru, said the involvement of interventionist agencies in the skill acquisition and empowerment programmes for women in the region would not only hand them a source of livelihood, but also provide a foundation upon which communities, states and countries are built.
On her part, the Regional Sales Manager of Nestle Foods Plc, Mrs. Adesoga Adedeji, said the sponsorship of the programme for over 40 years by the company was to empower women in all parts of the country.
â€œThese women are currently occupying a very strategic role in nation building by teaching them to provide tasty, nutritious and balanced meals for their families and educating them on homes management skills to establish a better Nigeria,â€ he said.