by Dolapo Adelana
The wife of the Edo state governor, Mrs Besty Obaseki on Tuesday organised a 1-day training programme on poultry production for 500 widows in the state.
Speaking during the training in Benin, the Edo state capital, the first lady said it was geared towards empowering widows and making them independent, as well as providing extra avenues of income for them to take care of their families.
She also revealed that the programme is in collaboration with the Bank of Industry and Bank of Investment Trust Company.
She said, “I do not believe in giving people fish but in teaching them how to fish. We are collaborating with professionals to train 500 widows on poultry production and to teach them how to make money from the poultry business.”
She added, “This programme is a pilot scheme that will be test run in Benin and would be implemented forthwith across the state.”
She said the trainees would be given 40 birds; comprising 20 broilers and 20 layers and feeds to start the poultry production.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.