Nigeria: NAFOWA to empower unemployed women, youths in Abuja

By Jerrywright Ukwu

NAFOWA is set to empower another batch of 220 unemployed women and youths

The association commenced the 10th edition of its skills acquisition and vocational training programme in Abuja

The 10-week programme will provide participants with needed knowledge and practical skills in vocational areas

The Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA) has commenced the 10th edition of its skills acquisition and vocational training programme in Abuja.

The 10-week programme, which commenced on Saturday, November 3, at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base Abuja will provide participants with needed knowledge and practical skills in vocational areas such as tailoring, catering, hairdressing and barbing, makeup artistry, computer appreciation as well as photography and videography.

Other areas are satellite cable installation, event decoration, interior decoration and soft furnishing, soap and disinfectant production, leather shoes and bags production as well as aluminum works fabrication.

Legit.ng gathered that 220 unemployed women and youths will benefit from the skills acquisition programme which is in tandem with the association’s resolve to complement the efforts of the Federal Government in curbing youth restiveness through the provision of employment opportunities.

Speaking during the flag off ceremony, the NAFOWA national president, Hajiya Hafsat Sadique Abubakar, reiterated the commitment of the association to contribute to the socio-economic wellbeing of women and children in the society.

According to her, the commencement of the 10th edition of the programme in Abuja was a testimony to the readiness of the association to discourage any form of idleness and social vices among youths.

Her words: “We have come to commence the biggest training so far, we are ready to add another group of two hundred and twenty aspiring youths, women and widows into our skill acquisition hall of fame.

“It has long been in our plan to bring this initiative to Abuja knowing fully well that despite being a cosmopolitan city, Abuja is not spared from the problem of unemployment and the NAF Base Abuja despite being an accommodating base still has the same demographics which has always attracted NAFOWA, that is women, youths and widows.

“We know many people in this environment are in need of this empowerment intervention as the problem of unemployment, idleness and underemployment is really not selective of its location.

“Hence, the participants of this 10th edition have been carefully selected from all the Bases in Abuja that house Nigerian Air Force Personnel and their surrounding communities.

“We have identified women, youths and widows who are in need of our support through a program like this and who are willing and ready to change their stories.

“We have not only paid attention to the dependants of NAF personnel but we have also included our host communities who have been graciously accommodating us all these years as we all know the Nigerian Air Force and also NAFOWA pays special attention to a good civil military relationship.”

Earlier in her welcome address, the NAFOWA coordinator, Abuja chapter, Hajiya Rabiat Yusuf, revealed that the participants of the 10th edition of the programme were carefully selected from all the NAF Bases in Abuja and their host communities.

She also thanked the association for its continuous drive towards empowering the vulnerable in the society.

NAFOWA has graduated over 2,000 women and youths from its skills acquisition and vocational training programme in just over 2 years.

Meanwhile, in continuation of efforts at empowering dependants of personnel in productive ventures, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), recently flagged off the new farming season at 107 Air Maritime Group (107 AMG), Benin.

The farming scheme is part of the BYETA initiated in 2016 by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as part of efforts at empowering barracks youths in all NAF bases across the country, by training them in different aspects of agriculture towards positively engaging them in productive ventures.

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