About 30 residents of Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area graduated from a skill acquisition training on polythene manufacturing organised by the the Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Department.
The graduation and empowerment ceremony, which happened to be the second event for the day, took place immediately after the Stakeholders’ Forum on the Year 2021 Budget.
The Executive Chairman, Hon. Olajumoke Ademehin-Jimbo, in her speech at the forum, had stated some of the programmes carried out by the WAPA department which included the skill acquisition training on polythene products for widows, unemployed, women, youth, some retired and about-to-retire staff of the local council.
Beneficiaries were presented with their certificates as well as necessary tools such as polythene cutting machines. This gesture, according to Mrs. Jessica Abraham-Oba, WAPA Ikorodu West LCDA, was necessitated by the need to empower the residents and make them financially independent so as to contribute to their family income.
“The participants were carefully drawn from the 5 wards that make up the local council targeted at women and young people willing to earn a living from a skill,” she explained.
Mrs Abraham-Oba added “the training lasted for two weeks with rigorous practical class and theoretical approach for balancing.”
The Council Manager, Ikorodu West LCDA, Mr. Otinwa Oladipupo Abiodun, while speaking to BlackBox Nigeria, described the initiative as the Council’s “subtle way of empowering them (the beneficiaries) to be able to sustain themselves.”
Also speaking at the event, Head of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Department in Ikorodu West, Akinyemi Kehinde, who was instrumental to the successful execution of the training implored the graduating students to see the training as an opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty.
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