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Better Life Programme for African Rural Woman partners AEA on skill acquisition

Jul, 2021 | By Leticia Wogu and Ifeyinwa Amulu | ||

The Better Life Programme for African Rural Woman (BLPARW) in partnership with Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA) recently organized a skills acquisition programme tagged 'Rural Skills Acquisition and Sensitization Initiative' (RuSASI) at AEA office complex in Jahi, Abuja.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, Acting Managing Director/CEO, AEA, Malam Shehu Abdulkadir, said that the Rural Skills Acquisition and Sensitization Initiative, which was the second edition, was part of the agency's strategy to achieve its mandate of empowering women and youths in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by supporting the growth of rural enterprises.

According to Malam Abdulkadir, "The initiative was conceived during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It was designed to build capacity of rural communities to produce basic sanitary items such as sanitizers, liquid soaps and antiseptics as a means of curbing the virus while helping the beneficiaries become economically self reliant." The Chairperson of BLPARW, Her Excellency Hajiya Aisha Babangida, who was represented by the Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Shem Ayegba, said that since the inception of the Better Life Programme, it had been committed to the overall development of the rural woman, adding that it was an honour for BLPARW to partner with AEA on such a laudable initiative as rural skills acquisition.

"Following the success of the initiative last year where 70 rural women were empowered in two Area Councils of FCT, it was essential for the Better Life Programme for African Rural Woman to continue its sustained partnership with AEA to further empower more rural communities in more Area Councils of the FCT to become more productive wealth creators, which will in turn increase their means of livelihood," she said.

Beneficiaries of the training programme, numbering 200 and drawn from Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Kuje, Kwali and Abaji Area Councils were trained in confectionary, production of household cleaning materials as well as organic and compost training. The opening ceremony also included teaching on personal hygiene.

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