Kogi Governor’s Wife empower youths in Lokoja 



By Ameer Obansa, Lokoja
No fewer than  47 graduates of Rashida Bello Foundation Skills Acquisition Center in Lokoja have been empowered with working tools to engaged them in productive ventures that would enable them be useful to themselves and the society.
The tools were given out at the graduation ceremony of Rashida Bello Foundation Skills Acquisition Center in Lokoja.
Speaking at the occasion, the founder of Rashida Bello Foundation , who is also  the Wife of the Governor of Kogi State, Mrs Rashida Bello said the empowerment programme  was the actualization of her vision to empower women especially the indigents people in the society.
According to her, the Foundation commenced the training of Youths in various skills in all the skills acquisition centers to engage them in productive ventures which would help in reducing poverty in the state.
Mrs Rashida Bello who congratulated the beneficiaries of the programme  asked them to put the knowledge they have acquired into use in order for them to be useful to themselves and contributed their quota to the economic development of the state.
She urged them to strive for excellence as the decision they made would determine what they would become tomorrow, adding that by the virtue of the skills they have acquired, the onus was on them to   empowered others.
In her address, the Wife of the Administrator of Lokoja Local Government Area, Hajia. Fatima Ashiru Lawal thanked the Wife of the Governor Mrs Rashida Bello for adding value to the lives of the people through her various intervention programs,
According to her  the renovation and  equipment of the Skills Acquisition Center with the state of art facilities would go along way in touching lives and add more value to the people.
The gesture she said has demonstrated the love she has for the well-being of the needy, saying that the beneficiaries who were hitherto unemployed would become employers of labour and would be useful to themselves and the society.
She assured the Wife of the Governor Mrs Rashida Bello that the beneficiaries of the programme  would serve as inspiration to others.
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development Mrs Bonlale Amupitan commended the Wife of the Governor for progressively restoring the hope of the hopeless in the society, urging private and non governmental agencies to give helping hands to the less privileged people in the society as government cannot do it alone.
The Youths were trained in tailoring, soap making, catering, computer literacy and hair dressing.
Highpoints of the occasion were the presentation of certificates and working tools to the graduating students by the Wife of the State Governor Mrs Rashida Bello.


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