Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has restated her resolve to contribute to the reduction of poverty in the country as well as ensuring self-reliance, among Nigerian women.
According to a statement by her media aide, Sulieman Haruna, she said this while flagging-off a Women Empowerment Programme of Future Assured Programme, organised in partnership with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Friday.
The First Lady, while addressing a massive crowd, said 11, 600 women and youths would benefit from the programme. Giving a break-down, she said that 1,500 women and youths would be trained on vocational skills, while 1,000 others undergoing training would be given starter packs and N5, 000 each.
She announced the disbursement of interest-free loan to 1,000 beneficiaries, issuance of basic training certificates to 5, 000 persons as well as other schemes, as part of the empowerment package.
She then charged beneficiaries of the programme to be prepared to be successful entrepreneurs in order to combat poverty and unemployment in the state and the country at large.
Senator Ita Enang, senior special assistant to the President on Legislative Matters, said beneficiaries were selected across party lines after evaluation of their applications which he said were submitted online. He appreciated the management of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for partnering Future Assured Programme in the empowerment project.
Director-general of NDE, Dr Nasiru Muhammad Ladan, while commenting on the programme, said empowering the women and youth of the state in various trades so they become financially independent and contribute to the economy is the aim of the programme.
He expressed his gratitude to the wife of the President for her support through her Future Assured Programme.
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