Women empowerment ensures stability at home – NAFOWA president


When there are more women that can support the family economically there will be more stability and progress at the home, the National President of Nigerian Air Force Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA), Hajiya Hafsat Sadique Abubakar, has said.
She said this Weekend during the inauguration of the skills acquisition and vocational training programme at 407 Air Combat Training Group (407 ACTG), Kainji, Niger State.
Mrs. Abubakar said the programme was targeted at widows, women and youths in the barracks and host community with the aim of reducing unemployment among them and enables them to be selfreliance.
She said the gesture would also complement the efforts of government at reducing unemployment in the country.
“Women are the bedrock of the home.
When you have women that are able to assist the family economically and support the breadwinner, there is more stability and progress in the home”, she said.
She said the various trades, which training would be impacted on the beneficiaries were carefully chosen due to the ease to which they could be easily converted into small and medium scale enterprises.
Mrs. Abubakar described the youths as “the future of the nation”, said that adequate training and empowerment programmes would go a long way in preparing them for a better future.
She urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the 10-week empowerment programme.
“Visits to many of the past beneficiaries of the vocational programmes had indicated that most had made good use of the starter packs given to them by opening small-scale businesses and they were doing well,” she said.
Earlier in her remarks, NAFOWA Chairperson, Air Training Command, Mrs. Nabila Idris, said the Base deserved such gesture due to the contributions of its officers and airmen/airwomen to the ongoing counterinsurgency and other Internal Security operations in the country.
She advised the participants to “remain disciplined and focused to optimize the benefits of the programme.” Mrs. Idris said she would personally supervise the programme and “make sure the participants were fully trained and provided with the required materials.” On hundred participants are to benefit from the 10-week programme, and will expose to vocational training in areas such as: tailoring, fashion designing, catering and confectioneries, makeup artistry, interior decoration, computer appreciation, bead making, hairdressing and barbing, soap and disinfectant production as well as leather shoe and bag production.
Spokesperson of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said the Kainji Centre is the 8th in the series of NAFOWA Skills Acquisition and Vocational Training centres across the country


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