A total of 4,977 women benefited from the National Women Empowerment Fund (NaWEF), a scheme established by the Federal Government to tackle poverty and unemployment amongst women especially in the grassroots, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, has said.
The minister who was speaking at the 18th National Council Meeting on Women Affairs and Social Development, yesterday in Abuja, said the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari initiated and implemented various skill acquisition and empowerment programmes that have impacted positively on the lives of Nigerian women, adding that among the programmes are NaWEF and the concession of skill acquisition centres to states.
“Through NaWEF, the ministry continues to provide its goals of developing women owned small and medium enterprises by providing soft loans to establish, grow and sustain their businesses. Since its commencement in the eight pilot states, the programme has recorded great successes and effort is being made to scale-up nationwide,” the minister stated.
She added that on the concession of skill acquisition centres, the ministry has concluded arrangements to relinquish the various centres across the nation to individual hosting states.
“These centres were established to train women in diverse vocations and skills to improve their standard,” Hajiya Aisha said.