The Nigerian government has been urged to empower the girl child in skill acquisition as a means of enhancing economic emancipation from poverty, domestic violence, insecurity, economic deprivation and political backwardness among others.
Speaking with Vanguard, the Chairperson, EDDA WOMEN, Mrs. Ngozi Ekumankama explained that the programme is a project en-marked for women and girls to be self-sufficient and to develop their confidence to face the world.
Her words: “We are engaging the girls in make-up art skills because there is a need for them to understand the essence of having multiple streams of income.
“Most of the girls that are involved in this vocation are students that just finished their secondary school education. We believe they could use the skill to empower themselves financially while waiting for their admission into universities.
“They should be able to make money to support themselves before going back to school. While students who are already in universities could also use the skill to earn money to support their education.
: This is a way of teaching them financial inclusiveness. We are taking the students from scratch to the next level. We are looking at a situation where these girls would be experts in their various careers. There are lots of benefits in make-up art and the value chain is so amazing that these girls would not want to miss it.
“Unfortunately, the grants given to us could only cater for a day programme but on our own, we are determined to continue with the training so as to ensure that the girls become experts, they could network for better collaboration.
“We are looking at a situation where the trainees will also become trainers to train other girls. We want to create more training opportunities for the girls because one day is not enough for them to master the art.