IDEMILI South Local Government Area (ISLGA), Anambra State has flagged off a skill acquisition training and empowerment program for women.
The first phase of 150 women selected from the seven towns that make up ISLGA will embark on an intensive skill acquisition training program that will last for 30 days, anchored by ISLGA, Education and Social Development Department.
In her welcome address, Transition Chairman, ISLGA, Mrs Amaka Obi said that women need to be empowered so as not to be regarded as liabilities but assets who will help bear the numerous financial burdens at home to enable their husbands live longer.
“This program is not just about politics which people do for two days to gain popularity. It will last for a month within which assignments will be given and final examination taken at the end of the program before certification and empowerment.
“We have four departments with facilitators. Catering/decorations, Cake and Bread baking/Confectionery, Nylon production, Bead making/Cosmetics/make up/head tie designs. You must take this program seriously because I am serious about it”, said Mrs Obi.
According to Professor Kate Omenugha, a consultant on human capital development under the Office of the Vice President of Nigeria, “what we are doing in Idemili South is one- woman -one -skill. This is highly commendable. It will better the economy of both Idemili South and Anambra State.
The Deputy Chairman, Mr Anthony Omaka, who said that she was advised to marry a lady that has a handwork when he was about getting married reminded the beneficiaries that the program was a dividend of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) led administration, urging them to vote in APGA candidates during elections.
ISLGA Secretary, Mr. Evaristus Ofido tasked the beneficiaries to brace up to come out as experts in the craft they chose to learn, saying that no knowledge is a waste.”If you toil with this opportunity, you are blocking the way for others to enjoy such privilege”.
Moreso, the Head Local Government Administration, Mrs. Patricia Nkemdilim, eulogised the TC Chairman for her creative leadership, saying that out of the 21 LGA chairmen, Mrs Obi stands taller not because she is the only female amongst them but for her ingenuity.
However, Commissioner for Culture, Tourism and Entertainment, Comrade Donatus Onyenji advised both learners and facilitators to add local menu and organic spices in their course outline instead of foreign spices that has generated strange diseases uncommon to Africans.
“Also, learn our cultural ways of fashion and dressing. Governor Soludo’s government believes in local content, made in Anambra products to boost our economy. We have millionaires from waste to wealth in the nylon industry,”said Onyenji.
Commissioning the ckill acquisition complex, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Collins Nwabunwanne after commending Mrs Obi, advised the beneficiaries to imbibe good customer relations to help them build their businesses to greater heights when they start their small and medium enterprises.