WorldStage NewsOnline – No less than 54,000 Edo women are expected to benefit from the Federal Government, World Bank-supported Nigeria for Women Project (NWP).
A statement by Gov. Gov. Godwin Obaseki's Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Crusoe Osagie on Thursday, quoted the governor as saying that the would-be pilot of the pilot phase would be drawn from the three senatorial districts in the state.
Obaseki, who was speaking at the inauguration of the State Steering Committee and State Technical Committee of NWP in Benin, said that the project was being supported by the World Bank in collaboration with the Federal Government.
In the pilot phase, the project is expected to empower women in Edo, Ogun, Niger, Taraba, Abia, and Kebbi states.
The governor commended the program, saying that it was committed to bridging the social and economic gap between the two.
"We are addressing all forms of gender gaps, which have promoted extreme poverty in the state.
"So much is being done to ensure that women are empowered with relevant skills, which will make them more useful and self reliant in a highly competitive world," he said.
According to Obaseki, empowering women will have a multiplier effect on the nation's economy and poverty reduction.
The governor, who said that the project needed to be data-based, called on the steering and technical committees for the project to come up with the best possible modalities that would guarantee successful execution of the project.
"We need to come up with specific action plans and monitoring mechanisms so we can measure outcomes," he added.
He said that Ward Development Committees should be part of the screening process for the beneficiaries of the project to allow for fair representation.
In her remark, Mrs Magdalene Ohenhen, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, said that the ministry was passionate about the project.
Ohenhen, therefore, assured the governor and other stakeholders of a successful implementation of the project.