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FG, Edo State empower 60 lady mechanics on automobile skills

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The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), in partnership with Federal, Edo State Government, and Lady Mechanic Academy, has empowered 60 women in automobile skills. The ladies were trained in different areas of specialty, which include: auto-mechanic, auto-electrical, diagnostic technique, car body spraying and quick services.
   
The graduates were empowered with starter-packs at an elaborate graduation ceremony, which took place in Benin City, Edo State.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Edo State Coordinator, Migration for Developments under the GIZ programme, Eseosa Okuko, said the plan is geared towards providing reintegration and integration support both for returnee migrants as well as youths in the state.

   
Okuko, who encouraged the graduates to put into practice what they learnt during the training, noted that it will also encourage the German Government not to relent in providing the necessary support to sustain the vocational training. Earlier, in her address, the Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Lady Mechanic Academy, Sandra Aguebor, noted that a total of 60 ladies were trained out of which 25 were sponsored by the German Government, while 35 were supported by the state’s Edo Youth Academy.
   
Aguebor, who commended German Agency and Edo State Government for the partnership, noted that the major objective of the empowerment programme was to lift women out of poverty.She said GIZ provided starter-packs, which included tools boxes, spraying machines, sewing machines among others while the First Lady of Edo State, Betsy Obaseki, provided the diagnostics machines for the graduates.
   
She also commended the State Governor Godwin Obaseki for giving opportunity to the Academy to repair the government’s fleet of vehicles through which the institution was able to train the graduating ladies.
   
She said the girls were trained free of charge, while the starter packs would assist them to start their own trade.Aguebor added that the initiative has changed the narrative of Edo girls, and consequently reduced the incidence of girls travelling abroad to perform social vices.
   
In her remarks, the State Director, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and Head of Migrant Resources Centre (MRC), Florence Owie, said GIZ in collaboration with her Ministry, is in a position to create employability facilities for Libya returnees and youths in Edo.
   
Owie said the bilateral agreement signed with GIZ to execute the project has been on-going in Abuja and Lagos for the past three years, but came into Edo State last year.

“We are here to celebrate the 25 ladies, who are lady mechanics in various areas. So, this training has been going on for the past three months for the female in mechanics to specialise in different areas,” she stated.


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