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.

NAFOWA Trains Widows, Youths In Skill Acquisition

NAFOWAThe Nigerian Air Force Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA), has commenced the skills acquisition and vocational training for widows, indigent women and youths in Kaduna State.

Speaking during the launching of the programme at the Air Force base in Kaduna, President of the Association and wife of the Chief of Air Staff, Hafsat Abubakar, said the training programme was to compliment the Federal Government’s effort in tackling unemployment and poverty especially among the women and youths in the country.

She explained that the programme is geared towards building entrepreneurial skills among youths and women in the barracks, with a view to making them self-sufficient and useful to the society.

According to her, the current decline of the economy in the country makes it necessary for women and youths not to rely solely on white collar jobs, but to look for alternative sources of engaging themselves meaningfully through capacity building and skill acquisition.

Most of the trainees were those whose husbands or parents died while fighting insurgents in the north east.

Chairperson of NAFOWA, Airforce Training Command, Kaduna, Grace Balogun commended the NAFOWA President for initiating the training programme.

Some of the beneficiaries said the training would empower them with the necessary skills in becoming self-reliant and to be able to support their families.

The training programme, which will last for a period of 10 weeks, is to increase their capacity building and making them become self-employed and reduce poverty and unemployment among them.

The beneficiaries were being trained in tailoring, beads making, shoe making, ICT, catering, hair dressing, barbing among others.

Several military personnel have lost their lives in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the North East and other related crimes across the country, thereby leaving behind their widows and children.

This initiative of NAFOWA is seen as a welcome development as it will go a long way in complimenting the efforts of the Federal Government in empowering the youths and women, who are regarded as the pillars and future of the nation.