Oyo, NBC seek women empowerment to reduce poverty at grassroots
The Oyo State government, Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) and a global development expert, Mrs. Bukola Bamiduro have called for the empowerment of women at the grassroots to reduce poverty in the country.
They made the call, during the empowerment programme for women organised by NBC, bottlers of Coca-cola, at Ibadan. The women were trained in various skills such as baking, hairdressing, and soup making and given startup kits.
The state’s Commissioner for Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Kafilat Olayiwola, and the Community Affairs Manager of NBC, Jerome Oyebanji and Bamiduro, stressed the need for empowerment of women to enhance society’s economic development.
Olayiwola, who spoke on the theme ‘The Role of Women in a Nation Building’, stressed that women must be empowered for the country to achieve any meaningful development.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Acting Director, Women Programmes in the ministry, Oladele Funmilayo Ilori, said: “The place of women in any endeavour cannot be overemphasised and given the enormous contribution to socio-economic development, there can be no meaningful advancement where women are excluded.”
Bamiduro, who is the founder, Karis and Eleos Foundation, maintained that by empowering rural women, the rate of poverty in the country could be reduced.
She said: “This empowerment is being sponsored by NBC as a means of giving back to society, they want to train 1,000 women across eight states, where they have their plants and Asejire being one of them is where we are empowering women. So, over 200 women were trained and 25 of them are being empowered. It is a way to say we’re giving back to the Asejire community and all other communities where they have their plants.”