NAFOWA to train 150 widows, youths in Kaduna
The Nigerian Air Force Officers Wives’ Association (NAFOWA), has launched a skills acquisition programme for 150 widows and youth in the NAF base community in Kaduna State.
The NAFOWA National President, Hajiya Hafsatu Sadique Abubakar at the opening ceremony of the programme said the gesture was aimed at providing support to families of Air Force personnel especially those engaged in fighting insurgency in the North East.
She noted that with the current insurgency in the North- east, there is need for women to be encouraged to seek alternative in providing for their daily needs.
The NAFOWA National President emphasised that the current economic reality in the Nigerian state demands that women must be innovative in sourcing for means of gainful employment.
“The primary aim is to build capacity and develop entrepreneurial skills amongst youth and women in the barracks with a view to making them self-sufficient and income earners especially, with the current economic reality of our society which demands that we must be innovative in sourcing for means of gainful employment, ” she said.
She noted that the programme has already commenced in Maiduguri and Makurdi NAF bases, adding that 150 youth and women have been trained in various skills and trades including tailoring, hairdressing, barbing, catering, soap making, computer training, aluminum works and production of leather bags and shoes.
The Kaduna programme is the third so far in NAF bases across the country.The programme was developed to complement the Federal Government’s efforts at curbing unemployment amongst youth and women.
In her remarks, the NAFOWA Chairperson, Training Command Chapter, Kaduna, Mrs. Grace Balogun while appreciating the efforts of the national president advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity given to them to better their lives.