By Chinonso Alozie
OWERRI—THE chairman of Southern Governors’ Wives Forum, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha, has called on the Federal Government to empower women in the oil communities, saying they deserve more empowerment to end their sufferings.Nkechi Okorocha
Mrs Okorocha said this during the 6th edition of Empowerment Support Initiative, ESI, organised in collaboration with Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, held in Owerri, Imo State.
Okorocha said: “The importance of empowerment in the oil communities must not be overemphasized. The ESI, programme, is the kind of thing we encourage in this country, no matter where you come from.
“Take this, if you empower the women, that means you have empowered the nation. For us to get it right in our area, we have to empower the women, who are pivotal to development.
“We have to take this seriously in order to make the desired impact in our society.”
Also speaking, wife of the Minster of Transportation, Mrs. Judith Amaechi, who is the founder of ESI, said: “Our primary goal is to empower youth and women to access employment opportunities through vocational training, whilst broadening employer access to qualified skilled workforce in job creators.”
She reported that over 3,000 youths trained by the ESI are currently in sustainable employment and all doing well in their communities.
“My humble gratitude goes especially to all the 100 participants who travelled from far and near to share in this unique experience, to engage with each other and to be part of our hopeful and proud skilled workforce.
“We have various training programmes in vocational skills and entrepreneurial development including capacity building to over 3000 beneficiaries in the Niger Delta region, thus helping to equip them with skills, knowledge and competences they need to succeed in their chosen fields,” she said.