The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Bayelsa State begun training of 50 women on using local fabric to produce ladiesâ€™ wears.
NDE Director-General, Mr Abubakar Mohammed,Â said the two weeks programme was to enable women to become self-reliant.
Represented by Miss Carol Godswill, NDE Senior Enterprises Development Officer, Mohammed said the training was nationwide.
â€œWe have gone round almost all the states of the federation; it is a two-week programme for women on how to use Adire/Ankara material to produce ladies wears like bags and shoes.
â€œWe have other programmes for women like Tye-dye, catering and confectionery, interior decoration and event management.
â€œIn the area of women employment initiative of the NDE, a total number of 990 women have received training under income generating activities,â€ he said.
Mohammed said 11,100 women and youths received empowerment grant under the micro enterprises enhancement scheme of the NDE.
â€œThese are some of our achievements on women empowerment from Jan. 2014 to Jan. 2015; NDE is an apex head of job creation and we will continue to expand our activities.â€™â€™
Co-coordinator of the directorate, Mr David Apakasa, Bayelsa urged the participants to behave well in the period of the training.
â€œThe programme is free; it is for your own good; this is an opportunity to become the boss of your own; so, make yourselves available for this programmes,â€ Apakasa said.
Bayelsa Head of Women Employment Branch (WEB) of the NDE, Mrs Ebipatie Fezighe, said the programme was a welcome development and urged the women to embrace the opportunity.
â€œThe Programme will not only empower you, but will be of benefit in the fight against the unemployment in Bayelsa and Nigeria at large,â€ Fezighe said.
Source: The Tide