As part of its mentorship and capacity building programme the Non-Stop Empowerment (NSE) and Girls Education Initiative, recently, graduated over 2,000 women and youths trained on skills and supported to set up businesses, ENE OSHABA reports.
The Non-Stop Empowerment and Girls Education Initiative has embarked on a massive training, mentorship and capacity building for mostly women and youths in a bid to reduce over dependence of the citizenry on government as well as grow the economy.
The NGO as part of its mentorship and capacity building programme recently, graduated over 2,000 women and youths trained on skills and supported to set up businesses.
Speaking during the graduation, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the initiative, Aisha-Nse Adamu, said graduating over 2000 participants of its empowerment programme was dream come through.
According to her, “The programme was geared by the passion to help humanity. We have both men and women who we empower. My passion is in women empowerment but I extend that to the men because a lot of them need to be empowered as well.”
“It is dream come through for me because when we started the training it looked like the day for graduation would never come.”
She noted the need for entrepreneurship, stating that it would boost the economy of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as its residents would become self reliant and cater to their needs.
“We have trained people in different vocational skills including ICT and computer, fashion and designing, catering and events management, shoe making, agriculture and many others.
“Over 2000 graduated and we are giving some of them equipment. We also intend to give them soft loans because we are working with SMEDAN on that and hopefully very soon we will get the loans for them a free interest loan whereby we will be paying the interest,” she assured.
“We have also trained over 50 disabled across all our centres in Apo, Gwagwa, Karu and Iddo Sarki,” she added.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the occasion and former Governor of Niger state, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, lauded the programme stating that it was timely as it empowers participants by giving them the opportunity to take care of their needs instead of being dependent on others.
He urged Nigerians to always take advantage of such opportunities irrespective of political, ethnic or religious differences.
The former governor further stated, “Don’t fight each other because of party or ethnic differences. After elections partisanship should stop so that those elected can perform well.
“We can see how Phillip Aduda allowed the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to operate irrespective of party differences, which is how leadership should be. We must not allow our differences to stop us from doing the work that would better the country,” he stressed.
Earlier, the Special Guest of honour and Senator representing the FCT, Senator Phillip Aduda, also stressed the importance of engaging women and youth meaningfully, stating that it would keep their minds away from vices.
The law maker advised beneficiaries of the empowerment programme to utilize the skills they have learnt, noting that they should not sell any equipment given to them as they may never find such opportunity again.
“I urge you all not to sell any of the items given to you but rather put the skills you have learnt to judicious use. I assure you that I will partner the NGO to see that you become self reliant,” he said.
According to Aduda, empowerment programmes of such bring progress to the FCT as well as gives sense of belonging to the people.
“We have discovered that we don’t have to depend on only on oil for survival because many other lucrative businesses are available and we must tap into it.
“I believe that given the necessary environment Nigerian women and youths will thrive and if we all put heads together Nigeria will be a better place for us all.
“Non-stop empowerment came on board and has been doing well. I urge you to continue grassroots development because this is the only way all lives can be touched positively because government alone can’t do everything,” he added.
The NSE Executive Director said those empowered are not only the indigenes of the FCT but residents from all states in Abuja.
“We have empowered about 2000 women in AMAC from different states, tribes and religion and it has not been easy, that is why we call on well meaning Nigerians to support this project and take people of the streets.
“So far, we have spent N50 million in the past one year catering for these people. If other individuals, cooperate organisations and government support the poor like this Nigeria will be a better place,” she said.
One of the beneficiaries, Sunday Asuquo John, while speaking to our correspondent expressed gratitude for the opportunity to benefit from the program, stating that he enrolled in the Agriculture section and can produce export quality produce like tomato paste, custard powder, preservation of vegetables among others.
He appealed to the Bank of Industry to assist them with loans so they can begin production and ensure the skills acquired won’t be a waste.
Speaking further the NSE founder, who was a Supervisory Councillor for Health in AMAC, and I later the Supervisory Councillor for Works, said: “While serving in both capacities I brought many innovations, lots of initiatives and I was able to initiate a programme called Operation Dirty de Kill where we employed the rural women to sweep the markets within AMAC which at that time were so dirty.
“We carried out that project in the council successfully because it was self-sustaining. The women were sweeping and the youths were also employed to collect revenue for the services and you know Nigerians are always ready to pay for quality services. So, they paid the tokens happily and we were able to pay the women and youths.
“Nothing would have stopped me from doing the usual carrying of files in the office but one has to think outside the box when given opportunity to serve because it is a privilege and not a right because so many people also want to be in that same position,” she maintained.
“I am a business woman; I’m into construction, designs, I’m a caterer, a mother, in fact, I do lots of things. I started the empowerment programme for the grassroots people with my own money. I wanted to do something small but at a point many people became interested and so a lot of them, both men and women started applying and I couldn’t send them away.
“They are so many now and at this point it is choking us seriously and that’s how we began asking for support from spirited individuals and corporate organisations to support. The AMAC Chairman has been so helpful,” she stated.No tags for this post.