By Kasarachi Azuka
Women in Delta state have set their eyes on a prospect that is showing up in the state. This is because nno fewer than 1,000 women from Delta State would benefit from the skills acquisition programme run by the Delta State Government this year, 2018.
Under this arrangement, 252 women would be trained and empowered in each quarter of the year as the programme would be run quarterly. This translates to 1,008 women per year.
The empowerment programme is done under the aegis of the Women Empowerment Skill Acquisition Programme (WESAP) aimed at transforming the women, using them as pillars in their various families.
The state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, towards the end of 2017 gave assurance to the Delta women saying his administration’s purpose of empowering the 1,000 women “is to create employment, wealth and a peaceful state.”
Not just the women folk alone but there would be different empowerment programmes for different groups of Deltans in order to create more jobs and wealth for the people.
He gave the assurance at the grand finale of a 4-Day training programme of WESAP, just as he expressed joy over the life-changing programme: “I am happy for the joy of this programme, the way it was well organized by the Executive Assistant, Flora Alatan, to train 252 women who will be given starter-packs today to startup their businesses”
The governor had also said; “This programme will be done quarterly next year with 252 women in each quarter, that is about 1000 women to be trained. We need to gradually affect the lives of our people.”
He described women as good managers, saying they were blessed by God with the wisdom to manage little finance well to become huge sum.
The governor had also disclosed his plan to begin empowerment programme for widows in the state by January 2018. He had said each of the 200 women would be selected from the 25 local government areas of the state to be given stipends and be registered free for the state health insurance scheme.
Two weeks ago, he delivered on the promise over the widows’ empowerment as he flagged off a social welfare scheme for the widows. A total of 5,555 of the women were selected to be paid N5,000 monthly stipend starting from January. By this, the state government would pay their premiums in the contributory health insurance scheme.
The gesture was aimed at providing the financial and health needs of the widows and their families.
The WESAP is beyond starter-packs empowerment because the coordinators of WESAP are expected to liaise with the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mary Iyasere, and ensure that the graduating trainees were formed into cooperative groups to enable them be effectively monitored and gain access to loans when necessary.
The women expressed gratitude to the state chief executive. The executive assistant to the governor on women mobilization for development, Alatan, commended Gov Okowa for encouraging women in his administration through appointments and empowerment. As a way of paying back, Alatan pledged continuous support of the women to the governor’s administration
Mary Iyasere, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, and her counterpart in the Women Affairs, Omatsola Williams, were also thankful to God for the wisdom given to the governor to empower women.
The commissioners strongly appealed to the graduands to make good use of the starter-packs and improve their well-being with that of their families. They should desist from the temptation of selling their starter packs, they were advised.