Ogun State Government says it is committed to women empowerment, especially those at the grassroots, to enhance their economic and social status, giving them opportunity to contribute their quota in the rebuilding mission.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Abiola Kufile-Okonji, stated this at the commencement of the 2018 Mobile Skill Aquisition Training, held at the Sagamu Local Government Secretariat, Ogun East Senatorial District.
The Commissioner said the training which was the first phase of the acquisition programme, was a step down of the trainings offered at the Women Development Centre in Abeokuta, to ensure that women, irrespective of their class or residence, benefit from the various economic empowerment programmes, designed by the government to improve them economically for enhanced family life.
She noted that about 700 women and youths had benefitted from courses in tilling, catering and decoration, fashion designing, barbing, makeup and tying of headgear, with provision of empowerment tools and soft loans.
Mrs. Kufile-Okonji, described vocational training as one of the easiest ways of combating unemployment in the country, advising the beneficiaries to make the best use of skills acquired, thereby becoming employers of labour.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, Sagamu Local Government, represented by the Vice-Chairman, Hon. Gbenga Banjo, appreciated the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led government, for its resolve to continually advance the course of Ogun State women, for improved economic and social growth, that would promote employability of more people.
The Ogun State All Progressives Congress Women Leader, Mrs Oluwaseun Ogunleye, in her goodwill message, congratulated the participants, saying, effective utilisation of the training would provide alternative means of livelihood for those already engaged and lead to employment of others yet to benefit.
Responding on behalf of other participants, Mrs Monsurat Adeyemi, applauded the State government’s unrelenting efforts on women empowerment, noting that the model adopted to get the grassroots involved in its programme, was well appreciated.
She assured that many more women would be trained by the benefiting groups and individuals, to widen the scope, requesting for provision of more soft loans from government to enable them set businesses of their own.
Giving a talk on political education, a resource person, Mr. Adesina Adefolahan, encouraged women to participate actively in politics and support politically inclined folks, to ensure equal representation and more women participation in the development of the country.
The training, which would be replicated in the other local councils, would feature soap making, cream making and preparation of small chops.