July 2, 2022 9:39 am

AWEP POWER Skills Acquisition Training Programme Pilot Project: Six Hundred Women & Youths To Benefit

By Our Reporter

Dr. Steve Maraboli, a Behavioral Scientist, who specialized in Motivational Psychology,Leadership Dynamics, and the PeakPerformance Mindset, said, “The Empowered Woman is Powerful Beyond Measure and Beautiful Beyond Description”.

In utmost belief in this expression, according to a press release signed by Dr. Mrs Grace Okaro, the Public Relations Public Officer of African Women Entrepreneurship Programme, AWEP Nigeria and made available to newsmen in Abia State, AWEP in collaboration with Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation (ACT Foundation) and Small & Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has concluded arrangements for a life changing experience in Skills Acquisition targeted at Women and Youths between in ages of 18 and 35 in FCT, Abuja and Nasarawa State.

According to the release, the beneficiaries were drawn from five communities in each of the locations namely,  Karu, Kuje, Kwali, Pyakasa and  Jikwuoyi in FCT, Abuja. Others include Kokona,  Garaku,  Shabu, Tatara and  Murya in Nasarawa State.
According to the release, about six hundred women have been identified, enumerated and sectioned in batches in line with established COVID-19 protocols for the Skill Acquisition Training Programme. Speaking during the Inaugural Meeting of the AWEP, Nigeria Promotion of Women Empowerment & Rights (POWER) Project Team, the Chairman, Hajia Lami DanBuram expressed happiness at the synergy between AWEP, Nigeria and ACT Foundation which will go a long way to improve the lives of rural women in the targeted communities.
She commended members of the team for their dedication to the cause of the POWER Project.
“The methodologies we have adopted as well as the good practice we have put in place is commendable. These mechanisms will provide the important opportunities to develop our target audience’s capacity and skills”, she opined.
 Also speaking, the Project Director, Ms Amede Achingale explained that the choice of the location of the pilot project was based on the fact that in most of the Northern parts of Nigeria, women are demoted to periphery of the decision-making ladder on many important issues such as education, access to land and other productive resources.
 This, according to her has resulted in an unequal structure of society and distribution of resources. In most rural communities that were surveyed in AWEP’s previous projects, ideas on gender roles deny women full participation in decision making and social and economic development.
As a result, women have far less access than men to land ownership, financial services, training, and means of increasing productivity and improving family income. She stated that the Programme curriculum recognizes the importance of the Northern women in food production and environmental link through their various roles in reproduction, managers of natural resources, and as farmers and processors responsible for a substantial share of food production.
She enumerated the objectives that the Programme curriculum has been designed to address to include, Modern Agribusiness techniques and Management Skills, Entrepreneurial Skills to successfully operate a small-scale business, Skills for maintaining relevant records and manage finances, Skills for developing basic start-up business plans and budgets and Marketing skills to identify and develop profitable local and new markets. In her contribution, the Project Coordinator, Mrs Nelly Ndaguba- Osagie confirmed that the planning which started in May, 2021 included Advocacy Visits to all the identified communities which received great acceptance and applause from the traditional heads.
She also reaffirmed that beneficiaries have been identified and enumerated in all the communities in readiness for the Project Launch on 26th and 28th July, 2021 in FCT, Abuja and Nasarawa State respectively.
According to the release, the POWER Project will run for eight months while the Skills Acquisition Training is scheduled to run for four months in both locations consecutively.

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