Recently Government Agencies such as the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) and NGOs like Young Mom Support Initiative has adopted skills acquisition programs as a way of empowering women and youth in Nigeria.
The National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) has trained and empowered over 2000 youths and women in mushroom and Ginger production as well as value addition as part of the federal government’s food sufficiency programs in Delta state, Nigeria.
The member representing Ndokwa/Ukwuani federal constituency in the federal house of representatives Hon. Nicolas Ossai stated this during the training of another batch of 90 youths in the production and value addition of horticultural crops in Delta state.
The youths and women drawn from Ndokwa West and Ndokwa East local government areas of Delta state were divided into groups and were taken through the theoretical and practical sessions of mushroom and ginger production alongside the value addition to the horticultural crops by a team of experts from the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The Executive Director of the Institute Dr. Abayomi Olaniyan said the training covers very relevant items such as production techniques, value addition, record keeping, economics of production and marketing.
Dr. Olaniyan who explained that NIHORT have the mandate to research into genetic improvement, production, processing, utilization and marketing of fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants and spices, said that mushroom and Jinger were important marketing crops of the institute.
Beneficiaries said the training acquired would help them to establish their businesses and become employers of labour.
When I have my farm I will be in opportunity also to empower more people. I appreciate what the government is doing to today.
The member representing Ndokwa/Ukwuani federal constituency in the federal house of representatives, Hon. Ossai disclosed that eight various empowerment programs for over 2000 youths and women have been carried out to alleviate the plight of the people and reduce youth restiveness in the Niger Delta Region.
Hon. Ossai represented by his special adviser on media relations Mr. Chibuzo Okereke urged the beneficiaries to take the training and empowerment program seriously to enhance their socio economic well-being and also contribute their quarter to achieving food sufficiency in the country.
In a related development, over fifty women have benefited from the skills acquisition program organized in Abuja by an NGO, the Mom Support Initiative. It was aimed at making the women and youth self reliant. The Young Mom Support Initiative is an NGO that seeks to empower women and children for a better society.
The founder of the NGO Mrs. Vivian Sony explain that the skills acquisition program which is being organized in various states became necessary to reduce the rate of poverty being experienced in families
We want a situation where by women can be able to support the family, so we decided to organize a skill acquisition program where every woman can be able to learn a skill or two for financial sustainability.
According to her, the program was initiated to curb social vices among youths and to also encourage them to explore their talent in meaningful ventures, noting that, supports will be needed to provide grants to the participants.
We are also soliciting for support because we cannot give grants for them to start up their businesses.
A facilitator Mr. Oladele Isaac who enlightened the beneficiaries on how to earn money through recharge card business says it will encourage disparity and economic development.
I want to show you that you can do what the banks are doing no matter how poor all the customers are they will buy at least 1000 naira airtime in 30 minutes. This will help users of airtime to become extra ordinary millionaires.
Some of the beneficiaries Mrs. Morolarinke Richard and Mrs. Nanson Jeremiah expressed optimism that the knowledge from the program will enable them efficiently manage small scale enterprise.
I am happy that I am here today because I have learnt a lot of things. With what I have learnt today I that I can be a CEO of myself, employ people. I have learnt how to Create recharge cards, subscribe for data and I have also learnt how to produce liquid soap.
The skill acquisition focused on liquid soap and disinfectant making, Gele tying, VTU business, Make up as well as weave making.