In fulfillment of part of its pledge to improving the lives of people in the Niger Delta region, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, continued its women development campaign through the sponsorship of individuals from the region in vocational training programmes.
A one month training programme which was undertaken at the Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, by 50 women drawn from the region were trained in confectioneries and household product technology at the institution. And on completion of the programme were handed the sum of N15 million by the Ministry as start up fund.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola who made the presentation of the start up package at the graduation ceremony, promised that the ministry would continue to organize more training and empowerment programme specifically aimed at women in the Niger Delta region. He congratulated the graduants and categorically stated the importance of women empowerment which he said is rightly synonymous with the economic growth of the region.
Prof. Daramola advocated for collaboration between key Ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government in order to collate resources so as to organize more training and empowerment programmes, and the effective monitoring and provision of support to the already trained women. He went further after advocating for inter-agency collaboration, made a call for partnership between the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the Bank of Industry, the Industrial Training Fund, and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.
The Minister also stressed the need for the development of an extensive database of the trainees with the aim of tracking and funding trainees and future prospects for the empowerment programme. The rector, Prof. Olatunde Fawole ably represented by the registrar of the polytechnic, Mr. Ayodele Fehintola added that the acquisition of skills would no doubt be of tremendous assistance to the trainees and in turn, lead to the transformation of the region.
The consultant of the training programme, Dr. Benjamin Irikefe, said the training was planned to make the trainees employable by giving them requisite skills to be employers of labour and not job seekers. Speaking on behalf of the trainees, Angela Essien, appreciated the ministry for organising the training and empowerment programme adding that the training had laid the foundation for them to transform themselves and their communities in the Niger Delta region.