FG To Establish National Women Empowerment Fund

Youth, Women Empowerment, Skill Acquisition Programs The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to establish a National Women Empowerment Fund (NAWEF) and Government Enterprise And Empowerment Programme (GEEP)

The Minister Of Women Affairs And Social Development, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, announced the plan at the graduation ceremony for a Skill Acquisition Programme held in Maiduguri the Borno State capital in the northeast.

According to her, the Federal Government is committed to transforming the lives of women and youths in Nigeria

The Skill Acquisition And Vocational Training Programme, was initiated by the National President of the Nigerian Air-force Officers Wives Association, Mrs Hafsat Abubakar.

Mrs Alhassan appealed to women-focussed organisations to partner with the Federal Government in providing skills that would make more Nigerians self-reliant.

The training commenced on May 16, with 155 participants and among them were 80 youths and 75 women.

It seemed to be a happy moment as graduates of the NAFOWA vocational and Skill Acquisition Programme converged to mark the end of their training.

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development also announced the government’s plan to establish social protection programmes.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, also urged the women and youths to be constructively engaged in the programmes, in order to promote peace and stability.

The NAFOWA Skill Acquisition And Vocational Training Programme, was initiated by the National President of NAFOWA, Mrs Hafsat Abubakar.

One of the aims of establishing the programme is to assist the youth as well as widows who had lost their breadwinners to insurgents in the northeast.

The Minister of Women Affairs presented certificates to the graduates while some of them expressed their gratitude to the government for the initiative.

Government Is Creating Enabling Environment For Youths – Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari message to Nigerian youthsNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has reassured Nigerian youths of his administration’s commitment to creating an enabling environment that will ensure they realise their potentials.

The President’s statement was contained in his message on Friday to Nigerian youths to mark this year’s International Youth Day.

Government Belongs To You

“I am delighted to commemorate this occasion, the second such celebration since I took office.

“The roles that young Nigerians played in the historic election that brought our government to power will never be forgotten. This government belongs to you,” President Buhari stated.

He said that his administration was also mindful of the fact that Nigeria had one of the youngest populations in the world.

“Those young people are immensely energetic and talented, consistently blazing the trail in the arts, sports, business and technology. We are proud of what you have done and what you are able to do.”

Reeling out some initiatives of the government that are targeted at expanding the economic opportunities available to young Nigerians, the President said ‘N-Power’, a government job creation scheme, provided a platform for 500,000 young Nigerians to get jobs in the agriculture, education, healthcare and technology sectors.

“The Aso Villa Demo Day will soon bring 30 of the most innovative young Nigerians to the State House to showcase their talent in providing technology-based solutions to some of our most challenging problems.

“The Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), part of our 500 billion Naira Social Investment Programme, will provide soft loans to thousands of young entrepreneurs across the country.

“These are just some of the many initiatives we have designed and are implementing for you,” he stressed, reminding the youths that they are the strength and future of Nigeria.