NAFOWA Trains Youths, Widows of Fallen Air Force Personnel

Nafowa, Youth, Women Empowerment, Skill Acquisition ProgramsThe Nigerian Air Force Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA), has been training widows of deceased Air Force personnel and youths in different skills.

The training programme commenced on June 20 with 165 participants.

Most of the trainees were those whose husbands or parents died while fighting insurgents in the northeast region of Nigeria. The rest were from the barracks and host communities.

They were trained in tailoring, beads making, shoe making, ICT, catering, hairdressing, barbing among others skills.

The participants also received starter packs to enable them become successful in their chosen career.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony of the trainees at the Air Force base in Kaduna state, President of the association and wife of the Chief of Air Staff, Mrs Hafsat Abubakar, said that the training programme was to compliment the federal government’s effort in tackling unemployment and youth restiveness in the country.

She explained that the programme was designed to help build 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 Nigerian economy 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.

Wife of the governor of Kaduna state, Mrs Hadiza El-Rufai, commended NAFOWA for initiating the training programme which she said would add immense value to the empowerment of youths and indigent women in the state.

She urged the beneficiaries to make use of the opportunity and develop themselves.

The Chief of Air Staff, who was represented by the Chief of Administration, Nigerian Air Force headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Ajibola Jekenu, also commended NAFOWA.

He said that the service had also initiated some programmes aimed at touching the lives of indigent persons in the barracks and host communities.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed optimism that the training they have received would help them in becoming self-reliant and better equipped to support their families.

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.