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British Council, EU, ACT Empowers 30 Physically-challenged Women in Skills

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The European Union (EU), through the British Council and Agents for Citizens-driven Transformation (ACT), have trained 30 physically-challenged women in skill acquisition.

The Executive Director, Dr Kingsley Nwanyanwu, stated in Port Harcourt, adding that the programme was part of the organisation’s commitment towards capacity-building and improving the livelihood and financial well-being of such women and girls in Rivers.

“First batch of trainees comprised 30, who acquired fashion skills, gearing up to start their businesses to enable them to earn a living, improve their financial wellbeing and cope with the current economic situation in the country.”

Nwanyanwu said: “We do this by building their skills and earning capacity in the fashion industry. We are determined to create a world where persons with special needs are empowered, made competent and independent.”

Speaking through an interpreter, one of the beneficiaries, Tochi Ibe, thanked the programme organisers for the training, which, according to her, has allowed them to earn a living and live independently.

A trainer, Queen Ellah, commended the organisers and charged the beneficiaries to remain focused and utilise the opportunity. She called on the state government to borrow a leaf from the organisation and create an enabling environment for PWDs in the state.

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