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*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
No fewer than 50 graduate women were trained by the Ogun State branch of the National Directorate of Employment NDE.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng reports that the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, has embacked on a 10-day training of fifty (50) unemployed female  graduates of tertiary  institutions in Ogun State.
The beneficiaries are  being trained on three (3) skill areas, namely:  Food Processing and Packaging; Event/ Interior Decoration;  & Makeover  and Tying of Gele in order to be self reliant and become employers of labour.
Speaking during the flag of the “women Empowerment Collaboration Scheme (WECS) 2021 the NDE Director General, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo said the training was packaged  to improve the socio-economic development of women in various communities.
The empowerment scheme program that was organized by the Ogun State NDE was held at Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The NDE Director General who was ably represented by the NDE Ogun State  Coordinator, Mr. Bakare, Oladele Tajudeen stressed that, due to the negative impact of COVID-19, insurgency and insecurity; a lot of women have lost their sources of livelihood and hence the urgent  need for this empowerment.
He further reiterated that each skill area will be anchored by different experienced Resource persons in order to ensure their proficiency at the end of the training period.
He therefore, implored the participants to strive to participate effectively so that at the end of the training, the objective(s) of the training will be optimally achieved.
Welcoming the fortunate beneficiaries to the orientation programme, Ogun State NDE Coordinator, Bakare Oladele Tajudeen said that the Women Empowerment Collaboration Scheme (WECS), is  an integral part of Mr. President’s agenda to take 100 million people out of poverty by the year 2030, at the rate of 10 million people every year.
Bakare said that the role of women in economic development of any nation, including Nigeria, cannot be overemphasized, hence the conceptualization of the programme to empower women in order to empower others.
Ms Oruoyehu, Beatrice who represented the Coordinator/ Deputy Director Procurement  – Mrs. Lynda Barau, said the Directorate appreciates the Women Associations/Organizations especially the National League of Women Voters (NLOWV) and the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs  and Soul Builders; for recognizing the role of the NDE as the apex institution for job creation and poverty alleviation in Nigeria.

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