Wife of Osun State Governor, Mrs. Sherifat Aregbesola, has commended the Federal Government for its commitment to the welfare of women at the grassroots.
Mrs. Aregbesola gave the commemdation at a one day capacity building training on financial literacy and loan management for the first batch of 200 authenticated beneficiaries of National Women Empowerment Fund (NAWEF) in Osogbo, Osun State capital.
She disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development organised the training programme in collaboration with the Osun State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.
Represented by the wife of the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola, the first lady said it was thoughtful of the FG to consider Osun among the states for the pilot programme.
According to her, the training workshop would boost the capacity of women in the state on how to prudently and profitably manage the fund that will soon be made available to them.
Mrs. Aregbesola noted that the financial intervention programme came at a good time when many of the women would be able to deploy the fund to further enhance their economic well being and that of their families.
She, however, urged the beneficiaries to make proper use of the fund for their economic viability and also use it positively to impact on their families and communities.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Alhaja Latifat Giwa, said that NAWEF is a social intervention programme of the Federal Government designed to empower rural women operating in an informal business.
She added that loans are given to beneficiaries to start or scale up their businesses with repayment schedules that are much easier and less stringent when compared to that of conventional banks. END