The Lagos State Government has charged wives of Military Officers to desist from all forms of idleness and engage in acquiring productive skills as means of support to their spouses and families for financial sustainability    

Speaking at the closing ceremony of a four-week, short-term Skills Acquisition and Empowerment Programme for Wives of Military Officers’ Wives and the Police, held at Bonny Camp Victoria Island, Lagos, Hon. Cecilia Bolaji Dada stated that the programme, which is in line with the THEMES Plus Agenda of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, is being directed at social inclusion.

While reiterating the relevance of ready-to-go skills in meeting their various economic demands and challenges, Dada informed that the Ministry had organised many such trainings across the State for different social groups including Islamic and Christian based – faith groups, Wives of Military officers, Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, People With Disabilities, Retiring Public Servants, People Living With Human Immunodeficiency Virus, People Living With Sickle-Cell Anaemia, SUBEB Parents-of-Out of School Students, and Internally Displaced Persons among others.

Noting that the Skills Acquisition training usually runs simultaneously across five centres, with a total number of 250 trainees absorbed at each Centre, he commended the participants who have portrayed remarkable resilience, determination, and commitment towards achieving self-sufficiency.

In her keynote address, Dr. Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, First Lady of Lagos State, stated that the four-week short-term programme is a testament to the present administration’s commitment towards human capital development and empowerment of Lagosians, especially women.

The  First Lady, who was represented by the Wife of the Commissioner for Information and  Strategy, Mrs. Funmi Omotoso, averred that investing in skills provides opportunities for economic independence and contributes not only to the well-being of their families but also to the broader goal of reducing crime and poverty in society.

Dr. Sanwo-Olu commended  the Wives of Military officers, Navy Officers, Nigerian Air Force and Police officers, who attended the programme, and implored them to utilise the acquired skills effectively

Speaking in a similar vein, Pharm. (Mrs.) Rahkiya M.T. Usman, wife of the Commanding Officer Division 1, who is also the Chairman of 81 Division, Nigeria Army Officers Wives Association, applauded Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State for the laudable initiative while recalling that the programmes were initiated within the Cantonment to improve the lives and source of livelihood of the women.

The highlight of the programme was the presentation of start-up packs to each of the 250 beneficiaries to improve their trade proficiencies.