The Lagos State Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) says beneficiaries of its short-term skills acquisition and empowerment program thrive in their areas of learning.
Ms. Cecilia Dada, Commissioner of WAPA, made the remarks during a closing ceremony of the training and empowerment program for women in the Alausa community,
Dada was represented by Ms. Funmi Adegoke, SSA to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on women’s affairs.
She attributed the success to the provision of training in 12 trades, which is taught free of charge and thereafter learners receive free starter packs in their respective skills.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 250 people have graduated from the program, a socio-economic intervention focused on financial sustainability and progress.
“I would like to inform this assembly that following the success of these training sessions, several letters of recommendation have poured in.
“One of these letters is a letter of appreciation from the management of Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited.
“Stating that among the recently concluded short-term skills acquisition and empowerment program, six of these beneficiaries are doing very well in their skills with the help of WAPA’s tools.”
According to her, the current administration, under the leadership of Mr. Sanwo-Olu, has made empowerment of women one of its central policies, in order to alleviate the effects of the prevalence of poverty among women.
She noted that trainings were available in Event Decoration, Tie & Dye, Catering and Confectionery, Gele Binder and Makeup Application, Ankara Crafts and leather goods, hairdressing and the manufacture of wigs.
Others include stoning of fabrics, cushions and interior decorations, production of soap and ointment / production of healthy insecticides and much more.
“It should be mentioned here that all training programs are free.”
Adegoke said no less than 10,000 trainees have benefited from the program since its inception in 2019, said 19 functional centers, with 20 vocations, were taught in these centers located in 5 divisions of the state.
She further disclosed that an arrangement has been made for an additional center while new vocations will be introduced to alleviate the effects of the prevalence of poverty among women.
“The state government is very aware of the prevailing economic situation in our country, Nigeria, and there is a shortage of ‘white collar’ jobs which are seriously on the way to extinction.
“More importantly, we also realize that when women are economically empowered, there is less tension on the home front and a clear reduction in domestic violence,” she said.
Speaking, Ms. Adams Aisha, Head of Women’s Affairs, Mosque Secretariat, described the program as highly commendable while applauding WAPA for the initiative and remembering women in the community.
Aisha called for continuity and for the mosques to become a center for the program for women to come and learn about the vocations available as this is an alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals.
“We appreciate the ministry of WAPA, the program started with training and today participants are smiling home with their starter tools, we can’t thank you enough,” she added.
The Women’s Affairs Officer advised the beneficiaries to make the most of the skills acquired through the program to be productive, self-reliant and, by extension, eradicate poverty.
“Let us use this opportunity successfully by putting into practice what we have learned and perfecting it and contributing positively to the economic growth of our families and Lagos State as a whole,” she added.
Ms. Olufunke Shilon, Director of Women’s Affairs, in her remarks. enjoins the recipients to guard the tools jealously and to use them for the purpose for which they were given.
Shilon also warned that they should be careful about the use of gas and the position of the gas cylinder in the house and should not allow children free access to it.
“You have been trained and empowered today. So you are expected to take off as entrepreneurs. Note that you should not sell any of these tools given to you,” she added. (NOPE)