By Maria Famakinwa
Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has flagged-off skills acquisition and empowerment programme for indigent women in the State.
The programme held at the Babafunke Ajasin auditorium, Akure, was in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, and Foundation for Wives of Ondo State Officials and Female Political Appointees (FOWOSO).
Mrs Akeredolu who was represented by the State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr Olubunmi Osadahun, described the programme as a rare opportunity targeted at empowering 180 indigent women from the three Senatorial districts with entrepreneurial skills and start-up funds as she urged the participants to see the programme as a rare opportunity to their next level.
Her words: “To enjoy and sustain peace in any society, women must be empowered. This is why the idea of skill acquisitions for 60 women from each Senatorial district came to be. Women will be trained for one month in different skills like fashion designing, tie & dye, wig making, make-up among others. Not only this, start-up funds and certificates will be given to participants at the end of the programme. So it is advisable to take the programme very serious so that you can be able to support your family financially,” she said.
The programme coordinator, Mrs Temitope Daniyan, congratulated participants for being considered for the empowerment programme.
Mrs. Akeredolu who assured participants that the one month skill acquisition programme would also be replicated in the Southern and Northern Senatorial districts of the state, said: “this opportunity should not be toyed with. You need it to strengthen the socio-economic status of women and make them productive and self reliant. Out of the seven skills to be learnt, household items is for every participant which will be an added advantage to the skill acquired.
“We are not only training you for free, during the period of the training, you will be getting daily stipend for transportation and free lunch for the duration of the one month training. At the completion of the programme, participants will be given certificates and start-up funds. Monitoring team will be in place to follow up beneficiaries of the skill acquisition programme for feed back. Those doing well in the acquired skills will get more funds for expansion,” she said.
One of the participants, Mrs Bola Ojo, thanked the First Lady for putting in place the programme. She assured Mrs Akeredolu that they will be serious and also train others.