No fewer than 1,000 Kwara women and youths will benefit from the two weeks intensive skills acquisition and empowerment programme, an initiative of the wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari.
The initiative ‘Future Assured’ selected, Kwara among the 10 states to benefit in the programme targeted at making women and youths self-reliant.
Speaking during the official flag-off of the programme in Ilorin, yesterday, the founder and Initiator of Future Assured who was represented by the wife of the Kwara State Governor, Deaconess Omolewa Ahmed said the beneficiaries have been drawn across the 16 local government areas of the state. She added that they have been slated to undergo training in 12 different skills based on their choice of interest, from instructors based in the state.
According to her, it is a social intervention programme aimed at reducing poverty through transformation of the lives of women and youth, who formed the larger percentage of unemployed in the country.
Mrs Buhari bemoaned the myriad of social problems plaguing the country, which according to her had turned some youths to miscreants.
She enjoined the beneficiaries to be active in the course of the training, adding that at the end of the programme, an examination would be conducted.
The first lady stated that anyone that performed excellently in attendance and result would be empowered with working tools and kits for various skills.
Speaking, the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed reiterated the commitment of his administration towards ensuring that women and youths in the state are gainfully employed.
The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Mahmud Ajeigbe, promised to complement the Federal Government’s efforts in making people self-reliant and productive in the state.
In her goodwill message, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Ayinke Saka lauded Mrs Buhari for the initiative while calling on the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the opportunity.
Similarly, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Empowerment, Zakariyau Babatunde, corroborated the view of the commissioner.
The skills to be acquired during the programme include tailoring, catering, soap making, computer training and electrical works, among others.