- Women empowerment is taking centre stage in Delta state
- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his wife, Dame Edith are leading the charge
- The initiative is under the Women Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Programme (WESAP)
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that women empowerment needs to be tackled with concerted action to bridge the widening inequality gap in Nigeria and Africa.
The governor stated this while inaugurating Women Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Programme (WESAP) in Asaba, the Delta state on Monday, November 16.
According to the governor, both experts and policymakers agree that empowering women, especially the poor rural women, is fundamental to economic development in Nigeria.
“Our women are known to be very resourceful and good managers. Hence, I am confident that the 460 women that are being empowered today will do the state government proud, and will be a good return on investment.”
In her remarks, the wife of the governor, Dame Edith Okowa, said that WESAP was a continuation of what her husband's administration had been doing vis-a-vis skills acquisition and empowerment programme.
Deltans have also been commenting on the initiative via social media.
Comrade Onome Gabriel wrote on Twitter:
“I commend the state government on this unique process of focusing more on our women.”
“There is a need for government at all levels to empower more women with different skills so they can support their families.”
Kennedy Atevure wrote:
“This is highly commendable, there is a need for more empowerment of Deltans.”
Governor Okowa had earlier said unemployment was a national emergency and urged the federal government and stakeholders to provide skills and empowerment opportunities for youths as a solution to the menace.
The governor made the call in Asaba on Tuesday, November 10 while inaugurating the Delta State Rural Youth Skill Acquisition (RYSA) Programme for 810 rural youths.
He insisted that unemployment should be declared a national emergency and made a top priority in governance at all levels.
Recently, the governor also underscored the importance of skill acquisition in the fight against poverty.
Okowa stated this when the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) in the state, led by Hajia Aisha Hafiz-Inuwa, wife of the commissioner of police, visited him at Government House, Asaba.
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