The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it is set to rehabilitate and upgrade the Ushaffa Pottery Centre in Bwari area council, to a centre for skill acquisition and empowerment to assist women to be self-reliant and employable.
Delivering a goodwill message, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day celebration yesterday, minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello disclosed that the administration has committed a total of N96.7 million to a UNESCO YouthMobile ICT and Mobile Application training project, designed to inculcate in women and youths, employable skills.
Bello stated that over 1,000 participants drawn from women and youths in the six area councils of the territory, are benefitting from the training programme, adding that initiative would make women competitive in the contemporary job market.
The minister further stated that the FCTA’s One-Village-One-Product (OVOP) scheme is specifically targeting rural women in order to improve their place in the agricultural value-chain and expose them to national and international export market.
“To this end, we have pilot enterprise development and empowerment projects such as a Shea-butter Processing Centres in Nuku and Rimba communities in Abaji Area Council as well as a Cassava Processing Centre in Chikuku, Kwali Area Council,” he said.
He added that the administration is also working to upgrade all institutional frameworks designed to empower and create jobs forwomen, as well as eliminate all hindrances to their full participation in the economic and political frontiers of the society.
While acknowledging the pivotal role that women have played in the realisation of the Abuja project, the Minister noted that Abuja could not have been what it is today without the contributions of women, which he noted spans all aspects including engineering, law,administration and social services among others.
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