Group urges FG to support more women to acquire skills

THE Umuada Di Igbo Mma (UDIM), a NGO, has called on the Federal Government to support more women with skills acquisition programme.

The group made the call at a ceremony to mark the International Women’s Day Celebration on Friday in Abuja.

The women’s day celebrated worldwide on March 8, has been tagged “press for progress.’’

The National Secretary of the group, Mrs Nnena Lancaster, appealed to the Federal Government to support women development, as they have important roles to play in the society.

Lancaster called on women to explore the various skill acquisition programmes put in place for women in different societies, adding that it would make them self reliant and versatile.

She urged women to use the opportunity and get what they need, so as to start up their own business like others were already doing.

She described women as “lionesses’’ and that every woman was important in her own way, adding that they remain the backbone of every Nigerian family.

In her remarks, Mrs Nwada Oluchi, Financial Secretary of UDIM, advised women not to be discouraged in anything they do as they had gone through tough times in the time past.

Oluchi, however, encouraged women to keep pushing forward by appropriately using the theme: `press for progress’ until they meet up with their expectations and also deliver to the society.

“The way things are now, so many women are discouraged in the sense that the efforts they made in the past did not work out but as the theme says; we press for progress.

“We will keep on pushing until we deliver our children from the tough time in their lives.

“If we keep on pressing a time will come when inequality between men and women will be a thing of the past. Nothing good comes easy.

“We must put in efforts, we must put in our best, and we must strive until we succeed as women, because we are getting somewhere,’’ she said.

Mrs Juliet Michael, a member of the group, commended the African Union (AU) for giving women the power to fight for democracy, gender equality and good governance and urged the government to always remember women.

“The AU has given women the power to fight for democracy, gender equality and good governance.

“We thank God that in Nigeria we have women who have leadership quality but regrettably `only few are been given opportunity to serve, which is wrong,’’ Michael said. (NAN)

– Mar. 9, 2018 @ 17:30 GMT |

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