COVID-19:FG Partners with Bayelsa Govt to Empower Women
Over 100 Bayelsa women have graduated from the 5-day Post-COVID-19 training and empowerment programme which centered on tailoring and catering.
The graduation ceremony which took place on Friday in Yenagoa, wrapped up the training jointly organised by the National Centre for Women Development, the Office of the First Lady and the Bayelsa State Ministry of Women, Children Affairs, Empowerment and Social Development.
The First Lady, Gloria Diri, during the event, presented starter packs to 45 participants with 95 other women given grants to start their businesses.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Faith Opene, while speaking at the closing ceremony, urged beneficiaries to make the best use of their starter packs and grants in order to be self-reliant.
She said, when a woman is empowered, a whole nation is empowered and advised beneficiaries not to sell the equipment given to them but to use it in growing their businesses and the state at large.
The Director General, National Centre for Women Development, Asabe Vilita Bashir appreciated the First Lady, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Aye Helen Ujile for their support during the training.
Bashir who was represented by the Director, Department of Training and Development, Ebi Emezue said the centre is committed to empowering women with needed skills to assuage the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The DG pleaded with beneficiaries to maximize the opportunity given them and contribute meaningfully to the economic development of Bayelsa State.