The first lady of Kwara state and founder of Ajike People’s Support Center, Olufolake AbdulRazaq, on Thursday distributed sewing machines to women and youths across the 16 local government areas of the state.
The event, which was supported by the honorary consul of Colombia in Nigeria, Maricel Romero Cantillo, is tailored towards ensuring that Kwarans, especially women and youths, are self-reliant
According to the first lady, fashion designing is a multi-million naira industry that, when properly harnessed, can create jobs for the teeming unemployed and even under employed women and youths in the society.
She explained that the event was part of her office’s effort at enhancing the standard of living of beneficiaries by creating employment and also cushioning the challenges faced by citizens amidst the corona virus pandemic.
While stressing the importance of technical, vocational and educational training Mrs Abdulrazaq noted that development of vocational skills will go a long way in dissipating the army of unemployed youths in the society.
In her remarks at the occasion, the Commissioner for Sports and Youths Development, Joanna Kolo agreed that the empowerment will go a long way in ensuring a better life for the beneficiaries and commended Mrs Abdulrazaq and the Ajike People’s Support Centre for the gesture.
The Commissioner further appreciated the efforts of the first lady for empowering youths and women in the state and urged beneficiaries to make use of the opportunity for their own betterment.
She stated that the efforts of the first lady is a clear indication that the present administration in the state is working and called on Kwarans to rally round the present administration in the state for the success of all.
In their separate reactions some beneficiaries appreciated the first lady for the gesture.
In the words of Moyinoluwa Olorunaiye, “I appreciate all that she is doing to build the future of youths, especially women and young entrepreneurs. The empowerment will assist me to be more self reliant and I am really grateful for this.”
According to a beneficiary, Mapu Abubakar the sewing machine will enhance her knowledge of fashion design as she has been craving for one for a long time.
Also, speaking Samuel Keziah thanked the first lady for the gesture stressing that lack of funds had prevented him from getting one for a long time.
In the same vein, the first lady of kwara State Her Excellency Dr Mrs Olufolake Abdulrazaq also presented token gifts to over one hundred groups and associations for the incoming Sallah celebrations.
Mrs Abdulrazaq had on July 15 distributed work tools to women and Youths in Offa and on the 17th of July also presented work tools and certificates to graduates of the Ajike People’s Support Center skills acquisition programme.