The President of Princess Debora Foundation (PDF), a not-for-profit organisation, Prof Maurice Azubuike Odiete, has advised women to learn skills that will, in turn, enable them to navigate the present economic crunch facing the country.
Odiete gave this advice during the 2022 thanksgiving ceremony of the organisation, where widows, vulnerable women and children were celebrated in Lagos and described skill acquisition as a panacea to unemployment and poverty.
According to Prof Odiete, when a woman learns a skill, it becomes something to fall back on when days of paid jobs are over. Continuing, he said: “skill acquisition is ideal, particularly now there is the dearth of ‘white collar jobs’, when a woman acquires a skill, such as tailoring, soap, making, cookery among others, it becomes part of her, and with that, she can contribute meaningfully to the growth of her family and to that of the nation at large.’’
On the thanksgiving ceremony, which has been an annual celebration since the organisation’s inception some years back, the PDF president explained that it aimed to support widows and other vulnerable women in the state financially.
He further explained that the event celebrating the youth in Lagos annually would soon be extended to other parts of Nigeria. On his part, Lagos state chairman Police Campaign Against Cultism and other crimes advised parents to be watchful over their children, adding that parents are the watchman of their wards.
In his words:’’ Parents should also ensure that they train their wards from tender age to the university level. They should also take note of those strange signs they see in their children and that they are cautioned’’.