Over 600 Women Benefit From Empowerment Programme In Ondo
Over six hundred women from Ondo West and East Local Governments of Ondo State have benefited from women empowerment programme; Women Advocacy and Economic Empowerment initiatives.
The event was organised by Dr. Rhoda Makinde Initiatives (DROMI), an NGO primarily dedicated to women empowerment.
The founder of DROMI, Dr Rhoda Makinde, said the programme was founded to bring women of diverse economic backgrounds together to educate, inform, and inspire attendees to take charge of their lives and contribute meaningfully to family, community, and society at large.
She said DROMI was created after observing the link between micro businesses and women’s self- empowerment in the state. 45% of Nigerian rural women cite financial struggles as hurdle keeping them from running their businesses.
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The founder added that DROMI has helped many women start their micro businesses and become financially empowered.
Makinde noted instrument that was given to the beneciaries are 114 sewing machines, 99 grounding machines, 41 dryer, 2 mixer and cash will also be given to some beneficiaries.
According to her, this summit will include information on how to use micro loans and save effectively from local banker.
She said it is imperative that every woman be equipped with the skills they need in order to take care of themselves and their families.
Speaking earlier, the member, House of Representative Ondo East and West Federal constituencies, Hon. Abiola Makinde expressed joy, saying the empowerment will allow women to obtain their right in the society.
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He enjoined the beneficiaries to make good use of the instrument given to them so that they can be good to themselves.
Hon. Makinde urged men to empower their wives so that they can also empower others.
Also speaking, the programme coordinator, Mrs Dupe Oluronbi said recognition of women’s contributions to economic and social development and of equality between men and women have increasing interest among policy-makers and development practitioners.
She noted that despite the improvement in gender awareness worldwide, data on women’s work and economic contribution have remained far.
Oluronbi added that evidence and experience have shown that in many African countries including Nigeria, women have been abused, marginalized.
She said discrimination and denied against women’s rights in most aspects of human endeavours. The situation is worse for the rural women who have low literacy level and, have become mere tools in the hands of their husbands.
According to her, the need to empower women especially the poor rural women, is fundamental to economic development in Nigeria, saying this summit attempts to point out the need to empower Nigerian women for economic development.
She said women perform enormous tasks in their families and the society at large, adding that they have been oppressed and relegated to the background.
Oluronbi further said that women have not been fully involved in decision making to enable them contribute their own quota in national development. Inaccessibility to health, education and particularly in the planning process have hindered women development.
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She posited that violence and abuse of women have also posed a great threat to the self esteem of women, saying the full potential and place is rightly in the sphere of human development.
She said that micro finance interventions will empower and stimulate women to achieve food security and economic empowerment.
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JUST IN: Gunmen Kill Three NSCDC Personnel In Imo
Yet-to-be identified gunmen have allegedly killed three personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Imo State.
The incident which happened at EkeIsu market in Obiangwu Community in the Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of the state has thrown the community into panic.
A community source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that the slain corps were attacked in the early hours of Monday.
He said that the NSCDC personnel were riding in a vehicle when they were ambushed and killed by their attackers, while noting that security operatives had taken over the community.
It was gathered that the lifeless bodies of the victims were still at the scene as of the time of filing this report.
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The source said, “Three operatives of the NSCDC were killed last night at EkeIsu market in Obiangwu Community in the Ngor Okpala LGA of Imo State. They were ambushed while in their vehicle. Their bodies have not been evacuated as we speak. Soldiers have taken over the community.”
But when contacted, the spokesperson for the police in the state, Henry Okoye, who confirmed the killing of the three NSCDC personnel, said security operatives had moved into the community and restored normalcy.
He promised to issue a statement on the incident later.
Two Killed As Lagos Rival Cult Groups Clash
Suspected cultists said to be avenging the killing of their colleague by a rival group on Thursday, March 16, hacked one Moses aka Loworo to death on Tapa Street in the Bariga area of Lagos State.
It was gathered that some members of a cult group had killed a rival cult member identified simply as Ayo in a community in Shomolu area of the state earlier that day.
A source, who did not want his name in print because of the sensitive nature of the matter, told said that in a bid to avenge Ayo’s death, his colleagues trailed his suspected killers to Bariga where they launched a reprisal on Moses.
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He said, “The problem started in the morning when Ayo was attacked and killed in his area in Shomolu. He was killed at about 11am while his left hand was cut off and taken away by the cultist.
“Later in the evening, members of a cult group came to avenge the death of their colleague. When they came into the community, they were looking for members of their rival group and that was how they saw Moses.
“At that point, Moses was standing alone close to a kiosk on Tapa Street and was not aware of the presence of the cultists. Suddenly, their vehicle moved close to him and four guys came out and surrounded him. That was when one of them pulled a gun and shot him three times. After shooting him, he wanted to escape but he fell. Then they inflicted machete cuts on him.
“When other members of his group heard what happened, they rushed down to the spot and found his body in the drainage where it was dumped. They also attempted to chase those who attacked him but they did not see any of them.”
The source added that the incident caused apprehension in the area as business owners locked their shops.
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“Shortly after the incident, people who have shops in the area quickly closed for the day and rushed home. Most of them did not open the following day (Friday) because of the incident. They were also scared that his death could lead to a breakdown of law and looting of their shops by louts,” he added.
The source said the Bariga Divisional Police Officer later visited the scene of the incident and took the corpse to the mortuary.
When contacted on Sunday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said he was not aware of the incident.
“I am not aware of this,” he stated in a text message sent to The PUNCH.
Gunmen Kill 6 Persons In Rivers Community
Gunmen have killed 6 persons in Odiokwu community in Ahaoda West Local Government Area of Rivers State.
An eyewitness told DAILY POST that the attack was carried out around 11am on Sunday (today), at a sit out in the community.
The eyewitness said a resident who was preparing to go to church was also gunned down.
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The source, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, expressed worry that 27 persons have died in Ekpeye kingdom in different attacks in the month of March.
He, however, called in security agencies to come to their aid, as the people now live in fear.
“This thing happened at exactly 11am this Sunday. Some bad guys just came to a compound where youths were just resting.
“Some other visitors who are also tenants in that compound were also outside, preparing for church this morning. Just for them to be shot like that. About six persons were shot.
“And these persons that were shot were not members of any cult group. Neither did they have any problem with the community or any cult group.
“And this thing baffles us. As I’m talking to you now, we have recorded a total number of 27 persons killed in Ekpeye in this month of March.
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“We have traditional leaders, we have political leaders, we have a government in Rivers State. Why is it that Ekpeye is being abandoned? Instead, people send guns and money to these buys.
“We are calling on the Federal Government and the international community, since the state government is not doing anything about the killings, to come to our aid,” he said.
The police, as at the time of filing this report, is yet to respond.
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