By Funmi Olasupo
ABUJA – Efforts to ensure economic empowerment for women by the Federal Government recently yielded positive result, as it graduated not less than 330 women trained in various skills acquisition.
The programme organised through the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) is geared towards addressing issue of poverty in the country.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina explained that the skill acquisition programme was designed to build up the graduants in various entrepreneurial capacities.
“The training received by the graduating students in various skills are designed to build up skills, acquire appropriate knowledge and improve the vocational and entrepreneurial capacities of the graduants, which would ultimately translate to financial and economic independence of women, enhanced family incomes, wealth creation and poverty reduction for the entire citizenry,” she said.
Represented by the Director of General Services, Mrs Aisha Mohammed, the Minister encouraged “the graduating students to source for necessary information on how to access loan through micro-financial banks, the ministry, etc.
In her remarks, the Director General of the NCWD, Lady Onyeka Onwenu promised that the centre would continue to make remarkable strides in the fight against poverty.
She said government was committed to women empowerment and gender equality. “Its (NCWD) core value is for training women, documentation and research on women issues,” Onyeka maintained.