ITF trains 360 women in Kogi, 11 other states

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

The Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the In­dus­trial Train­ing Fund, Sir Joseph Ari, has said that 360 women drawn from Kogi and 11 other states have been trained in tai­lor­ing and fash­ion de­sign un­der the first phase of its Women Skills Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gramme ( WOSEP).

Ari, who dis­closed this yes­ter­day at the ITF’s In­dus­trial Train­ing Skills Cen­tre (ITSC), Lokoja, dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion of start-up packs to Kogi ben­e­fi­cia­ries, said the pro­gramme was de­signed to close the wide gap of un­em­ploy­ment be­tween the wom­en­folk and their male coun­ter­parts.

He said 30 women each were se­lected in Ak­wai-Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, Ji­gawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, La­gos, Oyo and Yobe States and were trained for three months at its In­dus­trial Train­ing Skills Cen­tres af­ter which sew­ing ma­chines were pre­sented to them so they can start their busi­nesses.

Ari, who was rep­re­sented by a Deputy Train­ing Man­ager in the agency, John Ayoade, said the pro­gramme was con­ceived to pro­vide women with req­ui­site tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional skills to en­hance their pro­duc­tive ca­pac­i­ties, re­duce un­em­ploy­ment and cre­ate wealth among women to in or­der to im­prove fam­ily life and stan­dard of liv­ing.

Train­ing Man­ager in charge of the cen­tre, Ibrahim Umar, warned the ben­e­fi­cia­ries against sell­ing the startup packs given to them, adding they should use the op­por­tu­nity to self re­liant and be­come em­ploy­ers of labour.

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