Asaba – By Comr Lucky Futughe

Earlier today, the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development flagged off the Women Empowerment Skill Acquisition Programme (WESAP) Phase 2 at Press Centre, Asaba. The exercise commenced with the accreditation of enlisted candidates for the programme from the twenty five(25) LGA of Delta State.

While welcoming the enlisted trainees, the Honourable Commissioner gave a brief background of WESAP and how it has transformed the lives of numerous indigent Deltan women. According to her, 460 women were trained and empowered with different starter up packs in phase one and the success recorded made H/E Sen(Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa to graciously approve the phase 2 of it. Hon Alatan stated that, women have never had it this good since the return of democracy in Delta State. She said, the current appointment of five(5) women in the executive council of the state and one(1) awaiting screening/confirmation in addition to the serving seventeen (17) women as Vice Chairperson of council is a testament to the extra care the Governor has for Delta State women. She went further to state that, the enlisted trainees should count themselves lucky to have been shortlisted for the programme because they are many Deltans who desire same opportunity but are yet to get one. Hence, the commissioner charged them to be serious with the training as Government has provided everything to ensure seamless training exercise.

Hon Alatan informed the shortlisted candidates that Delta State Government has paid for all their training materials with transportation monies throughout the training period. However, the ministry will closely monitor the trainees in the various training centres across the state to ensure strict adherence to rules guiding the programme she said. In her statement ‘ this Programme did not fall from heaven but a well thought out one with a desired goal of uplifting indigent women from poverty’. Therefore, WESAP trainees should take the exercise very serious. The commissioner warned that there will be no room for compromise in WESAP.

Following the speech of the Honourable Commissioner, Chief (Barr) Mary Iyasere who was one of the resource person as an established entrepreneur with a popular brand name called Rima, a leading brand in Edo and Delta State was introduced to share her experiences. Chief Iyasere thought the trainees the rudiments of business and how to become successful business women. She gave practical examples of how she managed her company from the scratch to a leading brand in Nigeria. She explicitly lectured the shortlisted candidates on the principles of business. In addition, efforts by the Ministry to prepare the minds of the trainees for the task ahead, representatives of Directorates of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring (DYMM) also addressed the trainees. The resource persons from DYMM spoke in similar manners but emphasized that monitoring and Mentoring is key for the success of the trainees in Business. According to him, they will be fair and firm during the course of their assignment.

The flagged off programme ended with the issuance of deployment letters/logistics monies to all the shortlisted candidates. In attendance was the Ministry’s counterpart in Technical Education and Vocational Studies Hon (Mrs) Shola Daibo