Director General, National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Mr. Kunle Obayan, has asked women in Anambra state to avail themselves of the opportunity offered by the directorate to improve their skills and be self reliant.
Obayan, gave the advice yesterday in Awka, Anambra state during a four day training program for 50 of women on fabric tie- and-dye technology.
Obayan who was represented by Mrs. Salome Aku at the occasion said that NDE created ‘Women Employment Branch, WEB, from a department of the directorate to be dedicated purely to women, pointing out that this was because women were vulnerable specie in the society.
Stressing that teaching local women the art of tie-and-dye of local fabrics would open a fresh avenue for their economic empowerment as well as reduce the importation of foreign fabrics, she said. “After the training the women will make a living from what they have learnt and be self dependent”.
In his speech, the State Coordinator of NDE, Mr. Mike Mbata said that special attention was given to women by designing peculiar schemes that would suit their home management and cottage activities for income generation.
Mbata recalled that in the past, women were trained on cosmetology, bead designing, hat making, food processing and packaging.
He however, said this training session for 50 women in Anambra state was a way of empowering them to become self employed, adding that entrepreneurship has become the most potent economic force in the face of mass unemployment.
Speaking in an interview, one of the participants, Mrs. Esther Nkoro, commended NDE for initiating the project for the benefit of women and assured of their commitment during the training as they would come up with something substantial to the society.

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