Lokoja - Hajiya Halima Wada , the wife of
Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi, on Thursday empowered current trainees of the
Lokoja-based Advanced Fashion and Design Centre,(FAREC) with 56 modern sewing
It is reported that this brings to
226, those trained and empowered by the governor’s wife since the inception of
her pet project: Kogi Women Empowerment Network (KOWEN).
She congratulated the graduands for their dedication to
complete the training through which they had liberated themselves from the
shackles of poverty.
Wada advised them to utilise the knowledge and skills
acquired during and through the training to better their lives and the society.
"It will be counter-productive if the knowledge is not
extended to other members of the society to achieve the aims of the project,’’
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Wada said her office and KOWEN would continue to explore all
avenues that would be beneficial to the society especially the less
privileged, the unemployed youths, women and children.
She advised the graduands to remain good ambassadors of the
state and urged the government to help sustain and support the programme.
Earlier, the Project Manager of the fashion centre, Mrs
Husseina Ameh, expressed appreciation to the governor’s wife for her support
since its inception.
Ameh said that many women had been empowered through the
making of adire (tie-and-dye) and batik training.
"We have given grants to some trainees, register their
various ventures with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), as well as create
linkages to enable them settle down on their lines of business,’’ she said.