No fewer than 350 women and youths in Sokoto State at the weekend graduated from the skills acquisition programme organised by the state government under its citizens’ empowerment initiative.
The programme, coordinated by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, followed the re-cent graduation of 2,000 women from another empowerment initiative meant to enhance job creation and tackle poverty.
Speaking at the graduation of the last batch of 132 trainees at the Wamakko Training Centre at the weekend, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, said the overall objective of his administration was to improve the lives of the citizenry by making them self-reliant.
He said the training, which specifically targeted school dropouts, will now give them the opportunity to acquire basic numeric and vocational skills that will make them useful to the society and themselves. The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Musa Ausa, commended the trainees for their diligence during the training, saying government will continue to support them in whatever way possible to enable them realise their objectives in life.
Governor Tambuwal used the occasion to appeal to the entire students of the state to redouble their effort at seeking knowledge as such was the bedrock of any meaningful development.
In her remarks, Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Hajiya Kulu Sifawa, said the ministry had earlier rehabilitated and trained 132 women in various skills to enable them confront future challenges.
“In addition, another set of 100 were trained and given start-up capital in skills like tailoring, knitting among others. We are monitoring the beneficiaries to ensure that they have deployed the skills and assist others in their communities,” she added.