Future Assured graduates another 1100 in Kwara state.

The trail of the future assured empowerment programme for women and youth
across the country, Founder Future Assured, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari was at
Ilorin to celebrate the graduation of 1100 women and youths trained in skills
acquisition. The event held on Wednesday 20th December, 2017.

Delivering her remarks at the occasion, Mrs. Buhari
congratulated the beneficiaries, saying the objective of this programme is to
uplift the living standards of the vulnerable population, which mostly comprise
of women and youth.

“These trainings are ongoing in many states and concluded in
many others. One experience we have taken away is that women and youth are
interested in acquiring these skills. So the programme compliments government’s
effort in this regard.”

She called on the graduands to establish businesses that will
enable them to take care of their children, train and guide them to take
control of their lives.

She thanked the state governor for supporting the programme by
providing loans to the best graduants and two hectares of farmland especially
for those of them into farming. She thanked the wife of the governor for
feeding graduates throughout the duration of the programme.

The beneficiaries learnt tie and dye, pastries, make up, bead
and jewelry making, vegetable farming, fashion design, plumbing and electrical
services.

Earlier, the governor of Kwara state state, Alhaji abdulfatah
Ahmed, in his address had thanked Mrs. Buhari for choosing Kwara among
beneficiary states of her empowerment project.

“This initiative connects with our commitment to human capital
development, through functional education, entrepreneurship and access to
affordable healthcare, as a pathway out of poverty and sustainable livelihood.”
Said the Governor.

He added that vocational skill acquisition contributes
immensely to building a virile economy given the importance of entrepreneurship
and the informal sector to economic development.

These skills, he said, also provide a reliable antidote to the
malaise of youth unemployment and poverty, but as neither government nor the
private sector can conveniently absorb our youths, “we need to encourage more
initiatives such as this that empower youths and women with the skills,
education and funds necessary for their economic empowerment.”

Wife of the governor of Kwara state, Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed in her
welcome address said Future Assured is transforming the lives of youth and
womenfolk who form the greater percentage of the unemployed in our nation. Acquisition
of vocational skills at the moment stands to be the main sustainable means to
tackle the social burden of mass unemployment.

An exhibition of services and products developed by the
graduands was inspected by Mrs. Buhari, who was accompanied by wife of the
Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, wife of the Speaker of the House, Mrs.
Gimbiya Dogara and Mrs. Pauline Tallen, former Deputy Governor of Plateau
State.