The Federal Ministry of Water Resources through the Department of Gender and Human Rights on Monday kicked off its women and girl child empowerment programme for the North Central region.
The event holding in Nasarawa State is aimed at training and empowering the women from the region with special focus on those living in the rural areas to be independent and cater for their needs and those of their immediate family.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the event, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Ibrahim Musa said the programme is in line with the resolve of the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government to fight poverty among the populace.
“Remarkably, this programme is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari administration trust in the fight against poverty.”
He noted that skill acquisition is very essential as it can guarantee the survival of any individual irrespective of where the person finds herself; “It is pertinent to note that; skilled person can always survive in any environment.
“As water is very essential to human life, so is skill acquisition and empowerment needed in the life of every serous minded human being.”
Also speaking at the official flag off of the programme, the Head of Gender and Human Rights unit, Mrs Nkechi Ayogu-Eze said that the ministry understands the importance of exposing the women and the girl -child to necessary skills that could help sustain them in the society.
“We know that women’s challenges needs to be heard, the freedom and decision making in the society and economic space depends to a large extent on women’s access to resources and improvement in their ability to use the resources available to them.
“this means promotion of financial inclusion, access to economic resources, access to education (empowerment) and capacity building.”
Mrs. Ayogu-Eze further stated that empowering women in sustainable investment and business is an issue which is important to the ministry.
The programme is expected to last to last for 3 days after which the successful participants will be given a take off capital to start up their trade.