The Ogun State Government, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), and Gender Development Initiative (GDI), have jointly empowered women in the State, especially those in rural areas to enhance the socio-economic growth of the society.
The empowerment ranges from soap making, food preservation, among others were organised in commemoration of this year’s International Day For Rural Women, tagged: “Building Rural Women’s Resilience In The Wake Of COVID-19” in Abeokuta.
Commissioner for Rural Development, Engr. Taiwo Oludotun speaking at the event, said Prince Dapo Abiodun’s led administration is committed to eradicating poverty among the rural dwellers, noting that relevant agencies of government with the support of private organisations would continue to build capacity of rural women in relevant skills and techniques to meet up with the economic realities.
Oludotun called on the women to avail themselves of the opportunity and not relent in their oars to tap the available empowerment programmes around them, appreciating the organisers for coming up with the laudable initiative.
” It won’t just stop at this training, the State Government through my Ministry and that of Women Affairs and Social Development will ensure that you are empowered, so as not to waste the knowledge gained here today”, the Commissioner assured.
Also speaking, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Rural Development, Princess Olapeju Shote commended women for being the front-runner of every home, advising them to pay attention to the training as it would go a long way in improving their livings.
In her welcome address, the Chairperson Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Ogun State, Mrs. Modupe Sobukonla, lauded the State Government for its contribution towards the implementation of the programme, saying the gesture would improve the economic base of rural women to effectively contribute to the economic growth of the country.
In his remarks, the Baale of Idi Ori Community, Chief Daud Adegboyega appreciated the stakeholders, for choosing the community for the programme, appealing to the Commissioner to facilitate rehabilitation of access road to the community.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, Mrs. Bolanle Durojaye and Mrs. Aminat Dauda thanked the facilitators of the training, saying it means a lot to them while appealing to the State Government to do more in empowering women, as they are the bedrock of family and society.
Press officer, Min. Of Rural Development