GIAIM Tar­gets Wi­d­ows In New Em­pow­er­ment Scheme

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS -

GLOBAL Ini­tia­tive Against Il­le­gal Mi­gra­tion, a non–profit mak­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion fo­cused on fight­ing il­le­gal mi­gra­tion, has launched a spe­cial scheme aimed at train­ing and em­pow­er­ing hun­dreds of wi­d­ows.

This is com­ing on the heels of the re­cent com­ple­tion and launch of the non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion’s mul­ti­mil­lion naira skills ac­qui­si­tion and ICT cen­tre in Edo State.

The lat­est scheme will lead to the train­ing and em­pow­er­ment of scores of wi­d­ows in the first batch which, ac­cord­ing to the body, will be­gin in a cou­ple of weeks.

The scheme is part of the body’s holis­tic ap­proach to the fight to erad­i­cate il­le­gal mi­gra­tion and hu­man traf­fick­ing across Nige­ria.

A state­ment GIAIM quoted its Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Bar­ris­ter Em­manuel Osime Obinyan, as say­ing, “Our re­search has shown that young men and women en­gag­ing in il­le­gal mi­gra­tion and hu­man traf­fick­ing are mostly the chil­dren of wi­d­ows.

“We, there­fore, be­lieve that if these wi­d­ows are trained and em­pow­ered to start their own busi­ness, they will have the funds to take ad­e­quate care of their chil­dren and be fully re­spon­si­ble for their up­keep and wel­fare.

He added, “When they are em­pow­ered and en­gaged in prof­itable ven­tures, the thought of sell­ing their properties to send their chil­dren to Europe il­le­gally will not be there.”

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