Ogun State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Abiola Kufile-Okonji has reaffirmed government’s commitment at ensuring that, women across the State are supported economically, to make them self-reliant.
The Commissioner stated this at Ipokia Local Government Area, where over 120 women gathered to partake in the Mobile Skill Acquisition training, organised by her ministry to train women on proficiency in the production of soap, perfumed jelly and small chops.
Kufile-Okonji, who was represented by the Director of Social Welfare, Mr Rotimi Sotubo, said this move was imperative to make life worth living for the women, saying the three vocations were chosen due to availability of materials and they require less training or supervision to get them running.
The Commissioner while commending the beneficiaries for massive turnout, encouraged them to venture into one or two of the vocations. She cautioned them not to compromise quality in the production process, to enable them get more patronage, urging them to utilise the closeness of the area to Republic of Benin to practice small scale enterprise, which could later become the preferred brands.
Speaking at the training, Chairman of the local council, Mr. Dosu Senayon, appreciated the opportunity given the women in the area to benefit from the mobile training, promising to give cash support to as many of the women seen practicing the business genuinely.
In the same vein, the commissioner at an empowerment training programme in Ijebu Ode, has described women as home builders, who must be supported to effectively deliver on the task of building a great nation.
Represented by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Social Development, Alhaja Toyosi Anifowose, the Commissioner noted that the training was designed to help the family, saying that the home would be more settled, when women are productively engaged to assist their spouses.
She enjoined the beneficiaries to make the best use of the training to better their families and pass down the knowledge to others around them, as women liberation could be better achieved when they are economically empowered.