Skills acquisition: NGO trains 1,000 women and young people in Lagos

A non-governmental organization, Women Liberation and Transformation, claims to have trained more than 1,000 women and youth from different communities in Lagos State in various skills acquisition to improve their livelihoods.

The Executive Director of the group, Mrs. Olanike Mic-Taiwo said this during an empowerment program for 100 women in Orisumbare Community, Ayobo, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that W-LIT is a community-based organization implementing a project funded by ActionAid.

Mic-Taiwo noted that the essence of the training was to enable them to have another source of life which, by extension, would help alleviate poverty.

According to her, the project involves training women to make bar soap, dandruff shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, hair cream, nail polish remover and more.

She said, “We are currently running a project in Orisumbare community in Ayobo, Lagos, and the project is about economic empowerment of women in this community.

“Over the past two years we have been going to different communities in Lagos State to train women in making bar soap, shampoo, liquid soap, nail polish remover, body cream .

“The essence of the project is basically for women to be economically self-sufficient, because when both the man and the woman are working, that’s when we can have a stable family.

“This program has, to a large extent, reduced the incidence of gender-based violence that the country has witnessed.”

Mic-Taiwo advised project beneficiaries to use the skills they had acquired as another source of income.

The executive director noted that some women who were unemployed during the lockdown came for the training and now had a source of income.

A beneficiary, Ms. Hope Nwadike, said the essence of the program was to empower women to be financially independent, to meet their many financial needs.

Nwadike said she came for the training to learn the ones she was unable to learn during the lockdown period.


Valerie J. Wallis