The Federal Ministry of Water resources through her Department of Gender and Human Rights today, Monday, 14th January, 2019 commenced ‘A Three Day Training Programme On Skill Acquisition And Training For Women and Girl Child” of South East region in Enugu State.
The event is aimed at training and empowering the women from the region with interest in those living in the rural areas to be independent and take care of their needs and that of their immediate family.
The Head, Gender and Girl Child in the Ministry, Mrs. Nkechi Ayogu-Eze in her opening remarks said that the training is targeted at the people in the rural areas and the girl Child thus the end product is to empower them to be self reliant and be in the right state of mind to compete favourably with the men and also contribute meaningfully to the development of the Nation.
In his Address, the acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Mr. Peter Nwakpa said the programme is in line with the resolve of the President Muhammad Buhari’s led federal government to fight poverty among the populace.
“Remarkably, this programme is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari administration determination in the fight against poverty in the country”
Toyin Adisa, the representative of UNICEF in his remarks said the role of Ministry of Water Resources in the development of the women and Girl Child is very commendable as women needs all the help they can get to be independent and contribute their quota in the development of the country. He said that the provision of Water is very paramount in the society thus the efforts of the ministry should be appreciated.
Dr. Lady Okafor Ijeoma of the the National Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC thanked the ministry for this laudable programme. She charged the participants to put whatever knowledge and empowerment they will get today to practice.
She encouraged them to always reach out to their organization in any case of molestation as their is a gender unit saddled with such responsibility.
The Managing Director, Enugu State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, ENRUWASSA, Dr. Okenwa Frank Omeje (JP) said the training is a welcome development as its more profitable to teach someone the skill of catching fishes to giving the person fishes. He encouraged them the participants to put the training to judicious use.
“The training is a welcome development. It is always better to give a net to catch fish instead of giving the fish itself.
I urge the Participants/Beneficiaries to reciprocate this robust and laudable gesture by utilizing this rare opportunity to create wealth for the growth of the Nation’s economy generally.
Finally, i must appreciate the principal officers led by our own sister, Mrs Nkechi Ayogu-Eze for making this programme possible. We must continue to be proud of you” he said.
Also present at the training programme are the representatives of the commissioners of Women Affairs in Enugu and Abia State.