(Works Ministry Report) – The Federal Ministry of Works has flagged-off a three-day training workshop on ‘Public Procurement Process for Professional Women and Girls’ under the “Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria (G-WIN) project of the Nigerian Government.
The Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Abubakar Koro Muhammad at the occasion stated that the Ministry intends to train fifty professional women on public procurement, five rural woman on small items public procurement and entrepreneurial skills as well as two hundred and fifty rural women on road maintenance basic techniques and entrepreneurial skills.
Mike Onolememen expressed optimism that if the training programme is sustained, the G-Win programme would impact positively on the socio-economic lives of the beneficiaries and also afford them the opportunity to have a voice in the building of a better tomorrow.
Onolememen stated that G-WIN is part of the Federal Government’s Transformation Agenda and seeks to give a voice to mothers, sisters and daughters who have hitherto been deprived of access to desired aspirations.
“The Federal Ministry of Works is among the five pilot Ministries that were identified to pioneer the mainstreaming of gender issues, especially to empower the women for the task of building a great country. The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) which is a parastatal of the Ministry of Works has previously embarked on programmes under the G-WIN project,” he said.
According to him, the Federal Ministry of Works as a parent Ministry is challenged to do more, in order to achieve greater heights.
Speaking in a welcome address earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Abubakar Koro Muhammad represented by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Chubado Mohammed Jada congratulated the selected fifty professional women who will pioneer the implementation of the scheme.
Also, in her goodwill remark, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Habiba Lawal commended the Federal Ministry of Works for the effort towards economic empowerment of women and girls. She said that upon successful completion of the training, the Ministry should set aside at least ten percent of its contracts for the fifty selected professional women and girls to participate in.
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