Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has laid the foundation stone for the construction of a Women Development Skills Acquisition Centre to empower women with relevant skills for economic sustenance.
Performing the ground-breaking on Friday, Governor Wike commended Total Upstream Nigeria and her partners for investing in the project.
He said that the Rivers State Government is committed to the welfare and empowerment of Women as captured in the 2018 Budget.
The governor said: “The empowerment of Women is very key to the development of the state. That is why we are investing resources to uplift our women.
“We are happy with total and her joint venture partners for this project. We, however, urge them to make it a storey building. Skills Acquisition is the way to go ”
Rivers State Women Affairs Commissioner, Mrs Ukel Oyaghiri lauded the Joint venture partners for their investment in the lives of Rivers women.
She said the project is in tandem with the vision of Governor Wike to empower Rivers Women.
Representative of the Managing Director of Total Upstream, Engr Vincent Nnadi said the Women Development Skills Acquisition Centre is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
He said that the company decided to key into the development efforts of the Rivers State Government by supporting women with relevant skills.
Also speaking, Dr Nkoyo Attah, Deputy General Manager of Total Upstream, said women will be empowered by the project to be contributors to the economy of the state.