FG, Ogun train 21,000 women on financial skills
The Federal and Ogun State governments have trained 21, 000 women in the State on business and financial management to help improve their livelihood and check gender inequalities.
The beneficiaries were trained through Nigeria for Women Project (NFWP), a World Bank-assisted project being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Ogun, Abia, Edo, Kebbi, Niger and Taraba states.
The beneficiaries, who were drawn from Odeda, Yewa North and Ijebu North-East local government areas were supported by the NFWP to form different groups where they were adequately trained on how to save money and equip themselves with the right financial education.
The women were also trained on how to invest their little resources in their businesses, budgeting as well as needs prioritisation.
The National Project Coordinator of the programme, Ruth Michellia, said the training was a target at improving the women’s financial skills and business management acumen.
One of the beneficiaries, Anipupo Olabisi who belongs to the three-affinity group in Odeda Local government said: “We are glad, we have been trained on how to save and how we can manage our businesses, with our little resources.
“We are now waiting for the financial institution to come in, in terms of financial support. I know that this will also help the country to eradicate poverty because this programme will assist us in expanding our business. I appreciate the Federal Government for giving us this opportunity and I also hope that they fulfil all their promises.”
Also, the state coordinator of the project, Bolanle Fadairo stated that it was designed to empower rural women through building social capital, livelihood programmes, innovation and partnership, project monitoring, evaluation and learning.
Fadairo explained that Ogun State has a target of 54,000 women in the three designated Local Government Areas.