By Gabriel Ewepu
ABUJA- THE Founder of Voice of Less Privileged Organisation, VOLPO, Ego-Queen Ezuma, said skills acquisition will tackle poverty among women and facilitate the much awaited diversification of the economy in a short time.
Ezuma who made her position known on the way forward to reduce poverty amongst women across the country and to conquer the current recession in the economy, acknowledged that most women were gifted by God but do not have the opportunity to explore their potentials to come out of poverty.
She further stated that women who are widows, single parents, bread-winners, drop-outs, internally displaced due to communal, religious and ethnic crises, physically challenged, repentant commercial sex workers, ex-convicts, and others are to be considered for skill acquisition by relevant organisations.
According to her it is good to show kindness through donations in cash, food items, clothing or accommodation, scholarship by well spirited organisations and individuals to ameliorate the plight of the indigent, but a step further should be taken to holistically train these women to be self-reliant by being trained on trades of their choice, who also would contribute to the development of the economy.
She said, “The Voice for the Less Privileged Organisation, VOLPO, has been doing well in accordance with her mission, motive and mandate, and it is self-sponsored organization. “We are out to add value to the lives of the neglected and frustrated in the society since 2006 the organisation came on stream”.
“The poverty in the country has gotten worse since the economy slipped into deep recession and that has adversely compounded the problem for many families, especially the indigent, and women being at the receiving end.
“We are very disturbed by the economic trends as most of these less privileged women find it extremely difficult to eat with their children. Most of them do not know what to do to survive the biting recession. They need training on acquiring skills to survive.
“Our interaction and investigation on these women like the widows, single parents, breadwinners, teenage mothers, drop-outs, internally displaced due to communal, religious and ethnic crises, physically challenged, repentant commercial sex workers, ex-convicts, and others have talents.
“They lack skills that would activate their potentials because they lack access to those facilities and organisations that would have trained and empowered them to be self-reliant in this critical time in the economy.
She also called on non governmental organisations, development partners, individuals, faith based organisations, local, state and federal governments to help poor women on massive training cutting across various areas.
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