Future Assured Initiative churns out 2,200 graduates

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Some of the grandaunts with Mrs Bolanle Ambode, (fourth right) the wife of Lagos State Governor (who represented Mrs Aisha Buhari) and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (middle).

A total of 2,200 women in Lagos State have been certified as experts in various vocational skills courtesy of the “Future Assured Initiative.”

The Future Assured is a Pet Project of the Wife of Nigeria’s President, Aisha Buhari.

The training programme which led to the graduation of 2,200 women was carried out in conjunction with the National Directorate of Employment and Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

While addressing the graduating women at the Police College, Ikeja; Mrs Buhari said the empowerment programme was conceived in order to make Nigerian women more economically viable, self-employed as well as to put them in more formidable positions in the family.

‘Against poverty’
According to her, “economic empowerment for women remains a major commitment of the current federal government, as well as the States governed by the All Progressives Congress, APC”.

Represented by the wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, Mrs Buhari said that the Nigerian government would continue to demonstrate its commitment to poverty reduction among women, both in words and in deeds.

Panacea for domestic violence
Senior Special Adviser to the President on SDGs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire , said that putting women in good economic standing through empowerment remained a panacea for domestic violence.

She said that some domestic violence issues arose due to pressures on Nigerian men; whose wives were unemployed.

“If you are not doing anything at home as a woman and all you do is to always depend on your husband to do everything, one day your husband will be fed-up, but if you are empowered financially, the tendency for domestic violence will drastically reduce because your husband will realise that if he fights with you, the little contribution you are making may stop.”

“So if women are happy, there will be no problem from the home-front because everything starts from the home, they will be able to take care of their children, support their husbands and as a result, there will be peace at home,” she added.

Appreciation
Mrs Florence Otun who graduated from the fashion designing department stated that her confidence level had been boosted, as she could now generate money for herself with the knowledge she acquired in her new vocation.

Another beneficiary of the programme, Mrs Juliet Kanife, who was trained in the area of soap-making, appreciated the opportunity made available to her and other women.

Take-off grants
In the words of Mrs Kanife “the Nigerian government should keep it up and even take it further by making financial assistance available as take-off grants.”

The over two thousand women were trained in various vocational skills of their choice varying from hair-dressing to tie and dye, soap-making, event planning, decoration and flower arrangement, catering, foods and snacks production.

Others are basic sewing, knitting and fabric stoning, ‘gele’ (headgear) tying and make-up application, as well as manicure and pedicure.

Sammie Idika