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Centre empowers 786 females on bricklaying, generator repairs

The National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Abuja, has trained over 786 females in vocational skills and various artisan programs including bricklaying, plumbing, and generator repairs.

Ekpere-Eta said, “203 females were trained vocational skills including hospitality and tourism studies; 380 in fashion design and garment making; 31 in cosmetology and beauty therapy;

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36 in interior and outdoor decoration. “Also, 32 were trained in bread making and pastry; 30 in cake baking and sugarcraft and 9 in Bead’s and jewelry making; 47 in catering and 18 in make-up and headgear.

” The ultimate goal of our programs is to contribute to poverty reduction by creating an enabling environment for beneficiaries to attain self-sufficiency and financial independence.”

According to her, the female artisans are trained in the refrigerator and air conditioning repairs, plant and generator repairs, plumbing and pipe fittings, tilling, and masonry.

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” The female artisan programs became very necessary and, giving the changing world of work. ” We designed the training program to move women and young girls from the stereotype traditional skills to withstand the growing

demand for skilled workforce in the Nigerian construction industry,” she said. Ekpere-Eta also explained that the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) recently accredited the centers’

vocational courses to be equivalent to a recognized National Diploma awarded by polytechnics in Nigeria. ” We have been licensed as a professional enterprise (VIE) and Innovation Enterprise Institution

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(III) to National Innovative Diploma (NID) in Hardware and Software Engineering in ICT; and National Vocational Certificate (NVC) in Hospitality and Tourism studies; Cosmetology and Beauty Therapy and Computer Studies.”

Ekpere-Eta, also disclosed that the center was giving starter packs to the trainees, urging them to make judicious use of it for self-empowerment, revenue generation and to employ others to reduce poverty and unemployment.

Some of the trainees assured the center of using the opportunity towards improving and impacting the economy status of the nation. Folashade Meseke, a civil servant,

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said the Six months training in fashion designing would provide her with an alternative source of income. ” Since I started learning how to sew, I don’t buy clothes for myself and my family. I sew them, and I intend to open a big shop to enable me to generate more money.

Also, Eze Perpetua, an NCE holder and a trainee in plant and generator repair, said she acquired the skill to enable her to sponsor her education further.

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“This would allow me to get money to further my education, as well as train others to do the same, rather than relying on others for money and becoming a liability to society.

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