The Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says the Federal Government has so far spent N3billion on the Grow Girls and Women Initiative In Nigeria (G-WIN).
This is even as leading consumer goods manufacturing company, Procter and Gamble enters into strategic partnership with the Federal Government to provide resources to train selected candidates in the G-WIN Programme.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Minister said that the G-Win programme will provide structured trainings and skill acquisition to girls and women in the country, especially those from the disadvantaged backgrounds, in order to equip them to better contribute to the overall growth and development of the country.
While noting that the G-WIN project is being used by the government as an instrument to do more for women, Okonjo-Iweala said that over 1120 women have been equipped with agricultural skills and an additional 2.5 million have been enrolled to participate in the Agriculture Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES)
“The Ministry of Communications Technology has trained 2285 young women with relevant skills in ICT to enhance their employability,” she said.
In Works, The CME added that 1500 women have been trained in public works while more rural women have also been empowered in the area of water management.
“You can see that is a very meaningful result that G-WIN is involved in. It is the determination that women matters in this economy. Women at the grassroots must be empowered. Even in the 2015 budget, we have tried to make provision for the Programme to continue.”
She commended P&G Nigeria for their thoughtfulness in aligning with the Federal Government on this program and called on other corporate organizations to come on board to the program for a much bigger impact.
The Managing Director of P&G in Nigeria, George Nassar said that with an investment of $1 million in the Always/UNESCO program about 60,000 girls and women have been empowered with basic literacy and skills development in Nigeria.
According to Nassar, the P&G GWIN Partnership which will be implemented through the P&G GWIN SME LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, will leverage the GWIN initiative in order to support girls and women which in turn leads to better outcomes for the nation, communities and households.
He noted that “Our decision to partner the Federal Government on G-Win is borne out of our desire to empower and uplift Nigerians, especially women. We will work with the relevant government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to expand the program’s geographical and numerical reach.”
He further informed that P&G will support the program in providing the beneficiaries with basic business management training, literacy skills and other relevant training that will ensure the beneficiaries’ success in the management of their businesses.
The Managing Director added that P&G has through its numerous programs, with the most recent being the Always/UNESCO Girls and Women’s Empowerment program, shown the need to elevate the status of girls and women in the society and said that the G-Win initiative is a good cause to support.
“In implementing this partnership, P&G will work with the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to provide our expertise and reach more people. We will be partnering with the Federal Ministry of Communications Technology on the digitization and deployment of health and hygiene education through various platforms and the area of skill acquisition through the use of ICTs in Literacy and Skills Development.
“Through partnership with Federal Ministry of Health, we would be providing health and hygiene education to the target GWIN participants, and we would also expand, by partnering with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Rural Development, our Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Project in Nigeria. The CSDW program has provided over 30 million.
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