As World marks international rural women day today, the Ogun State government has pledged its readiness to strengthen its grassroots empowerment efforts and boost the living condition of local residents.
The Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr Taiwo Oludotun disclosed this when he led a delegation from the Ministry to the rural women’s training programme LP which was organized by the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, in conjunction with Gender Development Initiative, GENDI.
He explained that the administration of Dapo Abiodun had introduced strategies to further empower the rural women.
He promised that all participants in training programme would be supported with the required capital to engage in small businesses.
Oludotun acknowledged the great contributions of rural communities and residents towards boosting the state’s food production capacity.
He therefore advised them to take advantage of the empowerment programmes to promote self- reliance.
Meanwhile, the State Chairperson of NAWOJ, Mrs modupeola Sobukola noted that the Association was concerned about the plight of rural women and expressing optimism that the participants would explore the opportunities different areas of skills acquisition training to support their families.
Sobukola described the theme of the celebration “Building Rural Women’s Resilience in the wake of COVID 19” as a clarion call to all stakeholders to rise to the responsibility of assisting grassroots women to overcome the prevailing economic challenges.
Speaking on modern trends in the industry, an Agricultural Extension Officer from Ogun State Agriculture Development Project, OGADDEP, Mrs Funmi Falade encouraged the women to adopt new methods of processing and packaging farm produce to boost their income generation.
Also, representative of GENDI, Mrs abimbola shobo counseled the need women to maintain menstrual hygiene and promote hygienic practices and overall well being of their children, especially the females.
Experts from the Non Governmental Organisation also took turns to train the women on the techniques of liquid soap production.
In a remark, the Baale of Idi-Ori, village, venue of the event, Chief Daud Adegboyega who commended NAWOJ for the initiative, called the attention of the state government to the deplorable state of the only road linking the community to the state capital.