Written by Ibrahim I Nassir. Head, Press and Public Relations Unit. 14/10/2022
The 115 participants who graduated from the 2022 Residential Artisanship training in Plumbing, Refrigeration, Air Condition/ Generator Repairs, Tiling and Pop which led to the award of labor grade 3 test certificates after successfully completing a two-week training at the Centre.
Delivering her welcome address today at the joint graduation ceremony of 2022 residential artisanship program and the regular vocational skills training of 2019-2022, the Director General of National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Hon Dr Asabe Vilita Bashir assured that the certificates awarded to these graduands are authentic and acceptable in Nigerian construction industries.
Commending the father of the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari for his consistent budgetary provision for programs such as this, the DG(NCWD), noted that this training has formed the Centre’s drive to achieve the goal of job creation and wealth generation of the present administration by ensuring that a new crop of skilled female artisans will have access to affordable and excellent basic required skills in today’s construction industry.
According to her, ’some of the female artisans will readily address basic artisanship needs in the rural communities, especially areas where men are not allowed to enter, places habited by women for cultural and religious reasons,’’ she stated.
The NCWD boss called on the Centre’s development partners, individuals and corporate bodies to join in building and rebuilding the lives of women and children who have lost their means of survivals because of the mindless activities of insurgents of which the Centre is well endowered to conduct the task.
She charged the graduands who received their certificates and start up packs to make effective use of the opportunity by being good ambassadors of the project as this will make the nation proud.
In her keynote address, the special guest of honor, the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen commended the Director General, Hon Dr Asabe Vilita Bashir for her zeal in ensuring that Nigerian women have an excellent programme and congratulated the artisans for the active participation in skill training programme which is the essential key to their empowerment She charged the participants who have been trained and awarded with the certificates to judiciously use the acquired skills in dominating the construction industry as their primary constituent that is regarded as the male reserve.
The Minister assured them of a collaborative effort between her ministry and the Ministry of Works in making sure that the participants will be able to secure chances of employments in the construction industry in Nigeria having been awarded with the requisite grade 3 test certificates after their training in the Centre.
In his remarks, the Director of Estate, Engr.Ben Agada commended the Director General of NCWD for providing a sterling leadership at the Centre and said that the training of the 115 Nigerian women has attested to that fact. According to him, the training has afforded the participants with 30% theory and 70% practical as the standard procedures in the construction industries and commended the 97% attendance recorded in all the training segments as outstanding. Further, the participants were taken to Dantata and Sawoe on an excursion for a firsthand practical experience in the construction industry.
The highlights of the events were the fashion parade by the students of fashion & garment design and students of cosmetology & beauty therapy, followed by the issuance of grade 3 test certificates and start-up packs to the participants.