Ogun Govt Empowers 20,000 Women

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Ogun State government has empowered more than 20,000 women drawn from various parts of the state.

The women were empowered as government disbursed single-digit loan towards boosting their business ventures and making them more financially buoyant.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Abiola Gbadamosi, gave the hint on Tuesday in Abeokuta while briefing the World Bank Work Group led by Mrs Fatima Mohammed on activities of the ministry.

She said a sum of N200m was being rolled out yearly over the last six years for the scheme, adding that the programme had helped lots of women in fulfilling their family obligations with profits and gains from the business.

Gbadamosi was optimistic that the state Government would raise the amount for the project in the 2018 fiscal year, in order to increase the amount to be loaned as well as the number of beneficiaries in the scheme.

According to her, other areas the women had benefited include vocational training for school drop-outs and young mothers to make them self-reliant and employers of labour with a focus on fashion designing, barbing, hair-dressing, catering, decoration and event management among others.

The Permanent Secretary said a total of 182 people were trained in 2016, while 300 trainees divided into two batches were undergoing training for the 2017/2018 session.

She added that persons with disabilities were also being taken care of in the training and other empowerment programmes being organised by the government.

Mrs Gbadamosi said that the inter-connectivity of departments in the Ministry had greatly assisted at sustaining the programmes in the social development sector, adding that the rehabilitation department had also been working with some non-governmental organisations on rehabilitating the destitute while repatriation of non-indigene destitute were being done accordingly.

In her remarks, Mrs Mohammed said their visit was to engage government agencies, communities and groups benefitting from existing programmes on the progress and challenges recorded so as to proffer solution at strengthening future programmes.

She added that their findings would lead to a more robust working relationship between the group and the state government, especially in the social development sector.

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