Wife of the Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari has empowered 2000 women in Yola, Adamawa State.
The empowerment is to enable the women grow their businesses and make a living.
The empowerment was done by Aisha Buhari Foundation in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment, NDE held at Government House Yola, Adamawa.
The Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri and the First Ladies of Ghana, Niger, Chad, Gambia and Cote D’Ivoire as well as many wives of Governors in Nigeria were present at the event.
Mrs Buhari said “It is important to empower women because they require very little capital and such empowerment is sure to affect the whole family and even the community.”
She commended the NDE, which she described as a partner in the empowerment of women and youths in the Nigeria.
First Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo commended the effort of Mrs. Buhari in improving the well-being of women and children, including through empowerment programmes.
She said the projects undertaken by Mrs Buhari would improve the well-being of women and youths.
She cited the maternity complex, which was commissioned earlier in the day, saying it will save the lives of many women.
“Every first lady is uniquely placed to make a difference in the lives of her people. Ours is not an elective position, yet so much is expected of us.” She said.
Mrs Akufo-Ado noted that contrary to common perception, first ladies do not have easy access to funds; she therefore encouraged corporate institutions, NGOs, other foundations and individuals to support the work of Mrs. Buhari.
Director-General of NDE, Dr. Nasir Ladan said the programme was inspired by Mrs. Buhari’s effort at ensuring that women and youth who have been neglected in the past are now mainstreamed into the development process of the nation.
Nigerians received trainings
He said so far, over three million Nigerians have received training in various skills.
1000 women will receive financial support to improve their businesses, 550 will be trained in various vocational skills, 50 will be trained in mobile training workshop, while 400 will be trained in cosmetology.