Not less than 610 women in the State of Osun have been trained in various skills acquisition and income generating activities that would make them to be self-dependent.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural and Community Development, Honourable Kunle Ige made the disclosure at the Quarterly Ministerial Media Briefing, organized by the Ministry of Information and Strategy, at Abere, Osogbo.
Ige who described Governor Aregbesola as a leader who is passionate about human development said, the training programme would go a long way in tackling the problem of unemployment in the state.
Ige stated that the benefiting women were selected across the nine Federal constituencies in the state, adding that, the skill acquisition trades are; Soap and Pomade Making, Batik, Tie and Dye, Bead Making and Decoration, Catering, Locust Beans production and Wire Work.
The trainees will enjoy government support to set up businesses after their graduation through a N12.2 million interest free loan set aside for distribution to the beneficiaries.
While highlighting the achievements of the Aregbesola administration under the first phase of the UNICEF replication programme, Ige said drugs and medical consumables were procured for the 61 communities, this according to him, would go alongside with the graduation ceremony of the said trained women.
Ige disclosed that three new vehicles (Toyota Hilux) and six Motorcycles were also purchased as operational vehicles in a bid to strengthen the monitoring mechanism of the UNICEF Replication Programme.
He explained further that a total of 465 non functioning boreholes are currently undergoing rehabilitation across the State, this according to him, was aimed at supporting the Zero tolerance for Dysfunctional Boreholes.