Plans are underway to launch two new entrepreneurship programmes that will address endemic poverty among women and youths in the country.
The programmes are Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP ) and the National Women Empowerment Fund (NAWEF).
Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan made this known during the second graduation ceremony of one hundred and fifty five students of the Nigeria Airforce Officers Wives Association NAFOWA’s skills and vocational programme in Maiduguri.
The minister said women and youth empowerment was the cornerstone for the growth and development of any nation.
She explained that the federal government was committed to improving the living standard of Nigerians through its social protection programmes.
Senator Alhassan noted that the two programmes which is under her ministry, in collaboration with the Bank of Industry will provide funding at zero percent interest rate to women and youths, to enable them become self reliant.
She then commended NAFOWA for the initiative and called on other women organisations to develop programmes that will eradicate the feminization of poverty in the country.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar described the programme as not only aimed at addressing the tragic consequences of Boko Haram insurgency, but also seeks to minimize it’s reoccurrence.
He enjoined the participants to use the skills acquired to transform their lives in a positive way and also add value to members of the society.