Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi.
Kebbi State Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu has urged women to form cooperative groups in other to benefit from various government interventions, entrepreneurship and empowerment programs.
Bagudu made the call at a workshop on Skill Acquisition organized by the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Women Committee in Birnin Kebbi.
According to the governor, his administration and the federal government have various programs that are geared towards empowering women and youths.
“These programs includes the Presidential Youth Entrepreneurship Support program in collaboration with the Bank of Industry (BOI), trader Money, Market Money and NIRSAL Microfinance Bank, among various programs by the state and federal governments,” he said.
He urged the ministries, departments and agencies to patronize locally – made products in ceremonial events and operations in order to encourage entrepreneurs in the state.
Bagudu tasked women on entrepreneurship in order to become economically productive and self-reliant.
“Learning businesses and trade ventures are very vital for women to their family and the society as a whole,” he added.
In her welcome remarks, the state Chairperson of NLC Women Committee, Hadiza Abubakar Ribah appreciated the Governor for his support towards the success of the workshop.
She said the workshop was designed to train women particularly and even secondary school graduates on skill acquisition such as soap making, air freshener, cosmetics and other areas women could explore to either start a business or boost the existing one they have.
Ribah urged the participants to concentrate on training so that they can stepdown the skill and knowledge acquired during the training.
The State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Umar Halidu Alhassan in his remarks equally thanked the governor for his support to the program “I must appreciate the governor for the success of this training workshop to women.”
The training program he said saw the light of the day due to the support of the governor, he averred.
The labour Chairman extolled the governor for his agricultural transformation agenda which according to him civil servants were the vast beneficiaries.
He said under the administration of governor Bagudu, the state has witnessed steady progress in industrialization largely due to his agricultural policies and programs.
Alhassan also explained that the NLC Women Committee is not a parallel wing of the congress but a Women Committee that operates under the organization in the state