ABUJA – The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) on Monday said it would sponsor some women on skill exhibition in Geneva in July.
The Director-General of the directorate, Malam Abubakar Mohammed, said this in Abuja when he addressed some participants at the inauguration of skills training for women on income generation, organised by the NDE, FCT chapter.
“This is a skill acquisition programme which is aimed at training 30 women in the FCT on how to use the native material (Ankara) to produce items like hand bags, purse, shoes, note books.
“The programme, which is scheduled to last for three days, will assist these women to generate funds and resources to help themselves and their families,” he said.
Mohammed said the NDE was able to secure an avenue where some of the women would have the privilege to exhibit whatever skill they acquired through the programme in Geneva.
The items will attract tourists’ attention during the summer period, which will in turn generate income for the women.
The DG promised to sponsor a few of the women for the international exhibition in Geneva after the programme.
One of the trainers, Mrs Tonye Peters, said that Ankara was an indigenous material in Nigeria, adding that it was a good texture and quite suitable for the environment.
“Ankara, if properly utilised, can be used to produce a lot of items,” she said.
Elizabeth Achor, a participant, expressed gratitude to the NDE for granting them such platform to acquire more knowledge.
“I will be dedicated to whatever knowledge I acquire from this programme because it will enable me to start off my own business,’ she said.
The programme was organised in 14 states of the federation, including the FCT. (NAN)