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Daily Trust - - JOBS & CAREERS - 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 zone, there is the need for women to be en­cour­aged to seek al­ter­na­tive in pro­vid­ing for their daily needs.

The NAFOWA na­tional pres­i­dent also em­pha­sised that the cur­rent eco­nomic re­al­ity in the coun­try de­mands that women must be in­no­va­tive in sourc­ing for means of gain­ful em­ploy­ment.

She said the pro­gramme has al­ready com­menced in Maiduguri, the Borno State cap­i­tal, and Makurdi, Benue State, at the 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, alu­minium works and pro­duc­tion of leather bags and shoes.

She said: “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.

“The pri­mary aim is to build ca­pac­ity and de­velop en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills amongst bar­racks youth and women with a view to mak­ing them self­suf­fi­cient and in­come earn­ers espe­cially, with the cur­rent eco­nomic re­al­ity in our so­ci­ety which de­mands that we must be in­no­va­tive in sourc­ing for means of gain­ful em­ploy­ment.

“In the in­stances where white col­lar jobs are not read­ily avail­able, our women and youth should be en­cour­aged to seek vi­able al­ter­na­tives in pro­vid­ing for their daily needs and sup­port­ing their fam­i­lies. The in­sur­gency in the North East has also led to the loss of some pa­tri­ots lead­ing to the need to teach wid­ows to fend for them­selves and their fam­i­lies.”

In her speech, 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.

She also im­plored the train­ers to do their best and em­power the par­tic­i­pants with good skills and train­ing so that they come out as su­per en­trepreneurs.

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