By Justina Auta, Abuja.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, says more than
82,722 women have been trained in Information Communication Technology (ICT) and others skills between 2015 and 2022.
She said this at the 13th edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari Scorecard series, organised by the Federal Ministry of Information in Abuja.
She said that the ministry, through the support of other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and partners, trained women, children and vulnerable groups in various skills, as part of empowerment strategy employed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
She said that 144 development centres across the federation were reactivated for the training and empowerment of women, especially those in rural areas, between 2015 and 2022.
The minister said: “144 women development centres have been reactivated across the country from 2015 to 2022, with a total of 18,000 trained in regular vocational training, tailoring, catering, cosmetology, household hygiene and products.
“During the post-COVID 19 period, we trained 221 females in 18 states, while the Gender Start-Up Support Scheme for female entrepreneurs training in some states trained 430 others.
“Another 200 benefitted from training and empowerment of rehabilitated female drug users across the six geopolitical zones, while 750 received training in the children vocational skills programme called ‘Catch Them Young” and others learnt tailoring, cooking, housekeeping, interior decoration, self-esteem etiquette.
“The Women Economic Empowerment Programme trained 5,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), while there was ICT training courses
for 850 and ICT training for 190 female farmers.
“There was ICT training for 368 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in mobile phones and laptop repairs, 40 female artisans, 690 young girls were also trained, in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child 690.
“There was training for 155 female mechanics and ICT infrastructure training for 293 youths, women and girls in the six geopolitical zones.”
Besides, Tallen said that the National Innovative Diploma Engineering Training had 44 beneficiaries, while ICT empowerment training for women and youths across the federation involved 294.
She also said that the Summer Holiday Training in ICT for children trained 280, giving us a total of 82,722 beneficiaries between 2015 and 2022.
She said that over N8.4 billion was disbursed to women in six states under the Economic Empowerment Programme — Nigeria for Women Project (NFWP).
On Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), the minister said that 34 states had so far domesticated the Child Rights Act and the Violence Against Persons Prohibition VAPP Act to eliminate the menace.
Tallen said that safe spaces had been established in the FCT and across 33 states for survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), to enable them to get psycho-social support and acquire skills, among others, to cushion the effect of the trauma.
She reiterated the commitment of the ministry to addressing issues and concerns of women, children and vulnerable persons.