Germany partners Nigeria to train female artisans
German Cooperation Agency, Gesellschaft fùr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), in partnership with the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), has begun a 40-day intensive artisanship training for women and girls.
The training, under a residential capacity building programme, is part of the drive for gender empowerment across Nigeria.
Speaking while declaring the training open in Abuja, the Director General of the Centre, Mary Ekpere-Eta, said the programme was aimed at ensuring skills training is gender responsive and inclusive, and to empower young women and girls economically.
The training targets artisans interested in learning how to repair power generating sets and machine plants, tiling, Plaster of Paris (POP), plumbing and pipe fittings, refrigerators and air conditioner repairs among others.
She added: “The idea is to empower female youth’s skilled workers, who will have a competitive edge as their male counterparts. It is a driving force to help these young women to start small-scale economic activities that are effective in absorbing the female workforce in their communities.”
On his part, the Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Joseph Ari, represented by the Abuja Area Manager of ITF, Farouk Wase, said the training will enhance the employability of young women and girls in the sector which is male dominated.
Speaking on the need to learn skills related to the construction sector, Director of Estates and Maintenance at the Centre, Ben Agada, said most ladies at building sites do the most difficult manual work such as carrying of sand, mixing concrete and carrying blocks, yet, they are the least paid.