After receiving training at the Center for Women’s Development (NCWD), some artisans have expressed their willingness to come together to take advantage of economic opportunities in the country’s construction industry.
The beneficiaries, who were trained under NCWD’s women’s handicraft program, said in Abuja on Friday that the skills acquired would allow the women to be useful in the industry.
The artisans, who spoke separately at the center’s 2021 graduation ceremony of 130 apprentices, expressed their willingness to be part of an industry that had been dominated by men.
Ms Goodness Emmanuel, a beneficiary from the state of Enugu, noted that women had not been represented in the industry, adding that few in the industry were outstanding in their performances.
Emmanuel, a mother of three, who was trained in tillage and masonry, said she had been trained to work in places where religious and cultural beliefs prevent men from living with women.
“The training was impressive and the experts instructed us very well on how to make our work clean and outstanding for career growth, especially in a male-dominated industry.
And if you look at the northern part of the country, where men are not allowed into women’s houses, we have an advantage there to do a better job for our women and we have a better chance of excelling in our skills.
“This training will not only allow us to perform basic maintenance, installation work and compete with the men, but it will also provide a source of livelihood and improve the nation’s economy,” he said.
Auwal, a mother of five, thanked NCWD for the opportunity they were given to gain skills that had empowered her and other beneficiaries.
According to her, the artisans will take over the construction industry and eliminate all existing stereotypes.
Previously, NCWD CEO Dr. Asabe Vilita-Bashir said the center had been training women and girls, as part of its Women’s Economic Empowerment Training (FEET), since 2016.
Vilita-Bashir said that so far more than 300 young women had benefited from the handicraft training program, which aimed to promote inclusion and gender responsiveness.
“Craft jobs such as tillage and masonry, air conditioning and refrigeration, generator repairs, electrical work, plumbing and plumbing, have long been viewed as masculine preserves and, in the past, gender-biased.
“However, NCWD pointed out the shortage of skilled craftsmen in the construction industry, and also noted that performance in the sector has nothing to do with people’s gender, and in response designed the project,” Development of residential capacity for artisans, “she said.
According to her, the various skills acquisition programs are part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s nine-point agenda to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
Vilita-Bashir, who urged other stakeholders to support social inclusion and gender development, urged artisans to cascade skills acquired by others in their communities.
Ms. Ebi Emezue, NCWD Director of Training and Development, said the training was aimed at job creation, as well as improving women’s participation in economic activities.
She added that the training was also aimed at changing stereotypes about women’s ability to perform well in non-traditional occupations.
Recipients also received grade three business test certificate awards, starter packages, and stipends. (www.news.com)
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