he Global Hope for Women and Children Foundation (GLOHWOC), an NGO, says it will empower more than 120 vulnerable indigents in Kwara for self-sustenance and reliance.
Mrs Christy Abayomi-Oluwole, the foundation’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, disclosed this during the inauguration of a 15-member committee for the empowerment project in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.
Abayomi-Oluwole said the empowerment project under the theme: ‘Gender Equality and Women Empowerment’ scheme was in collaboration with Actionaid and Global Affairs Canada.
She said the empowerment is also expected to attract vulnerable women, girls and cooperative groups as beneficiaries from Ilorin-South and Irepodun councils of the state.
The project under “Women’s Voice and Leadership Project’’ is a five-year Global Affairs Canada development assistance aimed at assisting women rights organisation and their movement in their efforts to eliminate discrimination, rights violation policy and legislation.
According to her, the project is meant to identify vulnerable persons, especially women, girls and non-registered cooperative societies, for financial literacy assistance for them to be self-sufficient and legally registered to function effectively.
She said GLOHWOC was already operational in other states such as Bauchi, Cross River, Enugu and Lagos to impact positively on the living standard of the beneficiaries.
The GLOHWOC chief executive said the inauguration of the steering committee was to ensure proper monitoring, assessment, guidance and evaluation of the project execution for better result.
She said the committee was expected to provide a predictable, transparent and credible process to all parties, toward a fairy, effective and sustainable outcome.
She said that the benefits of the committee were to provide information about the project implementation and to facilitate effective communication between the project initiator as well as the beneficiaries.
Abayomi-Oluwole enjoined members to imbibe the characteristics of an effective steering committee which included been accessible to all beneficiaries and having a systematic way of recording and monitoring the progress of the project.
She said the selected beneficiaries through the help of the councils involved, the stakeholders and community leaders would be trained, counseled, re-orientated and also assisted with seed grant in form of cash tokens, after approval by the major sponsor, for them to be self-sufficient and reliance.
She commended members of the committee for their sacrifices and assured them of its organisation’s support at all times, saying “only a collective effort of stakeholders can achieve the desires, aims and objectives ’’.
Mrs Akintunde Akinyosola, the Project Programme Officer, said the project objective is to improve the standard of living of women and girls, increase the proportion of women and girls that have access to financial education.
She said that the project would also promote economic empowerment and sustainable livelihood as well as promote agriculture extension services among women and girls.
Responding, Mr Abiodun Owolabi, the Chairman of the committee, pledged the commitment and support of the members toward actualising the goals of the empowerment project.
Owolabi, a lecturer with Fountain University, Osogbo, said no sacrifice was too much toward impacting on the less privilege and vulnerable in the society, especially women and girls.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a stakeholders’ meeting was earlier held to sensitise representatives of different organisations involved in the project on the modus operadi of the project.
Highlight of the inauguration was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the committee and GLOHWOC.
Other members of the committee included Alhaji Salahideen Abdulganiyu, Vice President, Omu-Aran Development Association (ODA); Mrs C.T. Oyedepo, Women Development Officer, Irepodun LGA; and Mrs Elizabeth Alori, Head of Programmes, Crop and Soil Science, Landmark University, Omu-Aran.
Mrs Aremu Roseline, representing Oko community;Mrs Ayodele Opeyemi, Senior Manager, SEAP Microfinance; Mrs Popoola Amudalat, Ameerah, Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN); and Mrs Abanise Arinola, Cash Transfer office, Irepodun LGA, are also members of the committee.
Besides, Mrs R.O. Akintunde, Women Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN), Irepodun LGA, and Mr Adedayo J.O, HOD Agriculture, Irepodun LGA, would serve on the committee.