Governor Lalong empower youths/women in Jos

The Plateau State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Rufina Gurumyen has said that the rescue administration led by Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has promised not to relent in its efforts in training youths, women and vulnerable children in the state.
Hon. Gurumyen stated this during the symbolic presentation of equipment to the trainees, held at the Women Multi-purpose center, opposite Plateau Riders in Jos, last Monday.
She said that, the purpose of the training was to empower the trainees who have acquired different knowledge in skill acquisition training, adding that the training would further improve the lives of the trainees and their families.
She added that the various skils acquired during the training at the Apurimac Onlus Nigeria Vocational Center Rantya and Katako were tailoring, knitting and catering.
Others are shoe making hair dressing and computers.
Gurumyen called on the trainees to ensure that all that was impacted on them be put to use and urged them to also trainee others in order to extend the training as a step down.
She commended PLACA for their selfless service towards touching the life of the vulnerable people in the society, adding that the ministry has partnered with them over the years towards empowering youths women and children in the state and for more collaborating with agency.
In his remark, the Executive Director of Plateau State HIV/AIDS Control Agency PLACA, Mr. Sunday Koka who was represented by Director of Partnership Coordination and Community Mobilization officer, Mrs. Martha Swomen, said the agency has trained and empowered over 2000 indigent women living with HIV/AIDS in 16 months in the state.
He lamented how women infected with HIV/AIDS were being marginalized and stigmatized in the society, noting that segregation has brought many of them to depression and death.
According to him, “we have numerous women who are dying slowly in sorrow, pains and anguish due to how they have been neglected by their husbands because they are positive, some have lost their husbands living them with children to cater for”.
In her welcome remark, the Director Community Development MWASD and the program officer HIV/AIDS, Mrs. Alice Benjamin said over 70 youths and women have enrolled in the training program but just 50 were serious and committed to the finishing level.
She thanked Apurimac for their selfless service towards impacting various skills to vulnerable people in the state, adding that without their training centre the programme would not be a success.
She expressed sadness over the demise of one of the trainees who at the verge of completing her training died.
Responding on behalf of all the trainees, Mrs. Jenifer Joseph, appreciated the effort of government towards empowering them to be self employed in the society despite their challenges as people living with IV/AIDS and promised to also train others.

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