By, Etete Enideneze – Yenagoa
- Urges Bayelsans To Key Into Skills, Trades
Wife of Bayelsa State Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria Diri, has described the training of 200 women of Yenagoa/Kolokuma-Opokuma (Yelga/Kolga) Federal Constituency, in cosmetology as a right step to encouraging self-reliance among the female folk.
Dr. (Mrs.) Diri stated this while speaking as Chairman at opening session of the training programme held November 18, 2021 at Dumaris Hotel in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital.
She lauded Prof. Azaiki for considering girls and women from the Constituency in such a suitable programme, adding that the training would create self-employment for the beneficiaries.
Represented by the Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Mrs. Faith Opuene, the First Lady of the State, noted that Prof. Azaiki has brought a number of skills and entrepreneurship programmes from the Federal Government to Yelga/Kolga Constituency.
“Prof. Steve Azaiki is doing well. He is among the first eleven of Bayelsa State. You see the best in him wherever he finds himself”, the First Lady’s representative, Mrs. Opuene stressed, and urged the Lawmaker to sustain the tempo.
“The women entrepreneurship schemes so far facilitated by Prof. Azaiki are in line with the pet programmes of the Governor’s wife and those of the State Government, meant to empower Bayelsans, hence Her Excellency found it necessary to be a part of the opening session of this programme”, the commissioner further said.
She noted that Prof. Azaiki has been supporting the Peoples Democratic Party-led government in the state, under Governor Douye Diri, and called for more support from the Lawmaker and others in order to achieve the people-oriented programmes of the administration.
The Governor’s wife stressed that the state’s economy was not in the hands of Bayelsans, pointing out that commercial and technical services were dominated by non-indigenes, thus necessitating the policy-thrust of the Diri’s administration to empower people of the State in various trades.
She therefore charged the 200 female beneficiaries to take advantage of the cosmetology training and put the skills into fuller use, so as to help themselves and their families.
Earlier, Prof. Steve Azaiki said the training programme and others that had been implemented in the past were in fulfillment of his campaign promises to facilitate self-reliant skills and capacity development for the youths and women. He added that the 200 participants for the current cosmetology prigramme were divided into two venues.
Represented by Mr. Etete Enideneze, Prof. Azaiki said a skills acquisition centre nearing completion at Polaku-Gbarain, would serve as a permanent place for vocational training in the constituency.
He urged constituents to churn blackmail, and cooperate with him to facilitate implementation of more Federal Zonal intervention projects in the constituency.
In his remarks, representative of the Director General of the National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NRICT), Zaria, Mr. Daniel S. Ngbede, commended Prof. Azaiki for effectively collaborating with the agency to execute the current programme and previous ones on solar installation and cosmetology as well as those of other agencies. He urged the participants to utilise the skills, starter-parks and seed money in setting up their own small scale cosmetology outfits and also employ or train others.
In a pep talk, Dr. (Mrs.) Emily O. Amieyefa, a former permanent secretary who retired from the Bayelsa Ministry of Women Affairs, advised the trainees to be proud of the cosmetology vocation they would go into, stating that every trade was useful to society. She thanked the Lawmaker for the gesture to youths and women in various skills acquisition schemes executed under his oversight legislative function.
Responding on behalf of the female trainees from Kolga and Yelga, respectively, Grace James and Odiomo Ile, thanked Prof. Steve Azaiki for according them the opportunity, expressing joy that, it was not easy for many needy women to benefit from empowerment schemes free of charge.