NAFOWA to train 150 wid­ows, youths in Kaduna

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Maryam Ah­madu-Suka, 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.

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