The first Lady of the federal republic of Nigeria and the wife of President,Mrs Aisha Buhari has launched an empowerment project for about two thousand women and youths in Adamawa State.
Aisha said it is her hoped that the empowerment project would lead to a significant reduction in poverty among youths and women.
Mrs Buhari While delivering her key note address during the occasion and reiterate her earlier position that Adamawa state has not gotten it fair share of benefits from the Social Investment program in the country.
The empowerment project which is tailored at equipping the beneficiaries with skills in cosmetology, electrical work, tiles work, interlocking, among other skills aimed at reducing employment among women and youth in the state.
She said her strong comments on the SIP are driven by her passion for the empowerment of women and youth which is one of cadinal objectives in life.
Aisha Buhari also commissioned a two hundred bed capacity ultra modern maternity ward complex at the Federal Medical Center in Yola, Adamawa state.
The complex which is equipped with state-of-the-art medical facilities situated at the Federal Medical Center Yola, was donated by the wife of the president.
Aisha Buhari speaking on the maternity complex said, “Our goal is that this complex would Lead to a considerable reduction in maternal mortality in the state.
“I hope that government would provide the necessary logistics and personnel to run the place.”
On launching the Green School Initiative she said schools in the country have to be reoriented to train young Nigerians with skills to create jobs and that her green school project is designed to help Nigerian students see agriculture as a business.
Aisha said she would want to see the green school initiative replicated across schools in the country.
Speaking at the occasion the Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri described the empowerment project as one among the numerous projects implemented by the first lady in the state.
Fintiri said, “This government will continue to count on the support of the first lady in its task of rebuilding Adamawa state.”
Fintiri said he has taken note of the first lady’s advise and he is committed to run an all-inclusive government in Adamawa state.
The Director General, National Directorate for Employment (NDE) Nasir Mohammed Ladan said the directorate has empowered about three million Nigerians with various skills, tools, equipment, starter packs for Cosmetology and other vocations.
Explaining the empowerment program in Yola he said, “1000 women and youth will receive N10,000 cash under the Micro-Enterprise and Enhancement Scheme (MEES), 500 youth will receive training in various vocational skills, 50 youth will under training using the mobile Training Workshop facility of the directorate and 400 women would be trained in cosmetology. ”
He said the directorate is ready and poised the key into president Muhammadu Buhari’s Mid-Term Economic Policy aimed at mainstreaming women and youth for national development.