The Wife of the President Hajiya Aishatu Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday launched an empowerment programme to two thousand women and young men in Adamawa.
The programme which held at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, Yola was funded by the Pet Project of the First Lady, Future Assured in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
Speaking during the event, Doctor Aishatu Buhari explained that the aim of the programme was to empower women and young men in the state with necessary skills to enable them be self reliant in the society.
Mrs Buhari disclosed that her Pet Project has also built an ultramodern maternity centre at the Federal Medical Centre FMC Yola in order to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate in the state.
According to her, her Future Assured Project takes the healthcare of women very paramount in line with the Federal Government policy of improving the healthcare system in the country.
The First Lady commended President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting into law the National Health Act which will bring rapid transformation in the health sector across the country.
She also said the Green Schools Initiative Notere she earlier commissioned at the Aliyu Mustafa College Yola was to establish demonstration farms which will be used to teach students modern agricultural techniques and best practices.
In his remark, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri called on the first lady to facilitate the conversion of Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola into a conventional one for the development of education in the state.
The Governor said the state government his under his watch will continue to count on the first lady and collaborate with her in the areas of developmental programmes for the best interest of Adamawa.
Governor Umaru Fintiri thanked the wife of the president for the viable projects she commissioned in the state as according to him will help much in reducing idleness among youths and women.
In her goodwill message, the First Lady of Ghana Mrs Rebecca Akufo Ado applauded Mrs Buhari for her viable projects in the country which are geared towards helping the women and children especially the destitute in Nigeria.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director General National Directorate of Employment NDE Doctor Nasir Muhammad Ladan Argungu said the First Lady has been supportive to the NDE and urged her to maintain the posture.
Doctor Ladan also revealed that the support and advice of the first lady has enabled the NDE to achieve within two and half years what it has not achieved in fifteen years out of thirty two years of NDE existence.
He said the NDE in collaboration with Future Assured will empower one thousand women who will benefit from micro economic investment scheme whereby ten thousand naira will be given to each one of them to start up small scale businesses.
He further disclosed that five hundred and fifty women and young men will be trained on various skills, while four hundred will be trained on cosmetology and fifty will be trained through mobile workshop of the NDE.
In her vote of thanks, the wife of the former Governor, Mrs Hannatu Bala James Ngillari thanked Mrs Aishatu Buhari for commissioning some projects in the state and prayed to God to reward her abundantly.
Highlight of the programme was a symbolic presentation of empowerment materials to beneficiaries.