324,000 Women To Benefit From World Bank’s $100m

No fewer than 324,000 women spread across six out of the thirty-six states of the federation have been embarked to benefit from the Nigeria for Women Project (NFWP).

The project which was gathered is a 100 Million US dollars World Bank assisted Project domiciling in the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs is currently being implemented in the states of Ogun, Abia, Edo, Kebbi, Niger and Taraba.

The project according to the Lead Consultant , Dr. Garba Danjuma , is being implemented in three out of the sixteen local government council in Taraba namely ; Bali, Takum and Zing.

Danjuma, who made this known at a
two day training organized by the
development Research and Project Center (dRPC) through Partnership for advancing women in Economic Development (PAWED) on ‘Women CSOs Coalition and Communications Capacity Building’ a rapid research on Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) among CSOs and Programmers in the state he said had been conducted .

The exercise, as stated by him, is to enhance the smooth operation of the NFWP in the state , adding that “at the end of the project 54,000 women from the three local government councils will benefit from the project”

Other resource persons whom The Guardian observed helped in facilitating the training which includes Dr. Talatu Buba Bello of the department of Political Science and International Relations at the state University, and Ibrahim Maliki of the Federal University Wukari, said there are a number of development interventions in relation to women empowerment in Nigeria .

The aim of the project, as made known by the Lead consultant and the facilitators , is to enhance improved economic livelihood of women in the above mentioned states in Nigeria.

At the end of the project circle, a total number of 324,000 women in the six implementing states, according to them will benefit through capacity building trainings on business, savings and loan, financial management, grant disbursement and other relevant life skills necessary to galvanize economic empowerment of women “in these selected areas in Nigeria.”

The research , they said is aimed at providing a baseline on status of WEE in the state and identified three strong women focus Civil Society organizations (CSOs) that will work with Open Government Partnership(OGP) to form coalition of CSOs on advocacy.

The mandate of the coalition of CSOs on advocacy , according to Danjuma, is to push for government and other relevant stakeholders to fulfill their promises in terms of remitting counterpart funding and other administrative support to allow for smooth implementation of the project in the state.

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