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Ebonyi State Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development

Introduction

The Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development is a social service ministry charged with the responsibility of taking care of women, children, the physically challenged, orphans and vulnerable children. The health, education, social well-being and economic empowerment of women are the core mandate of the Ministry.

In achieving these goals, the Ministry embarks on sensitization of relevant government and non-governmental agencies and stakeholders to partner with her to address the needs of women and children, especially the orphans and vulnerable. She advocates for the rights of women and children so that they can reach their full potential in the society. The much needed assistance to the less privileged and the physically challenged is sought out by the Ministry in partnership with spirited individuals and corporate organization/agencies. She encourages women in agriculture and provides micro-credit facilities to women in entrepreneurship in the bid to raise their economic status.

Some of the Achievements of the Ministry

Women Empowerment

The Ministry has empowered Women Groups through the provision of micro-credit facilities to the tune of ten million naira (N10,000,000.00) in collaboration with the National Poverty Eradication Program (NAPEP) after a training workshop organized by the Ministry in soap, beads and hat making. The credit was to enable them establish their own private businesses.

The Ministry has embarked on sensitization campaigns as to build capacity of women in the three senatorial zones of the State. As part of efforts to build the capacities of women, over 20 sewing machines were distributed to five community-based organizations and individuals.

The training of physically challenged people was flagged off in Ebonyi State last year since the creation of the State. About 40 students are currently receiving training at the Rehabilitation Centre. There are four major departments, namely: shoe making, computer appreciation, fashion/designing, hair dressing and cookery. The Center is well equipped and an 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus provided to enhance its operations, courtesy of His Excellency Chief Martin N. Elechi (MFR), Ochudo.

Renovation of the Remand Home, Expansion and Feeding of the Inmates

At the Drop-in-Centre, one workshop is being built by Ochudo’s administration to enhance teaching and learning activities.

The Child Rights Law has received the blessing of State Assembly and the Exco. arm. A committee on Child Labor and Trafficking has been inaugurated. The committee is working hard to see that the aims and objectives of government on the issue are achieved.

A steering committee on Orphans and Vulnerable Children has also been inaugurated and they are progressively doing their work.

The Ebonyi State Government has increased the bursary award to the physically challenged from twenty thousand naira to fifty thousand naira. The chief servant of the State has graciously donated an 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus to the Joint National Association of Physically Challenged Persons, Ebonyi State Chapter.

We have been celebrating the international children and women’s days in the State annually, including that of this year 2009.

I, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Staff and entire meaningful Ebonyi women and children, appreciate the mother of the State, Her Excellency Mrs. Josephine Elechi for her giant strides to alleviate the problems of women and children in Ebonyi State with her pet project, the MCCI. We say bravo to the visionary leader, a seasoned administrator and a silent achiever, our dear father, brother and husband, Chief Martin N. Elechi (MFR), Ochudo and the Agburunkashi I of Ikwo Noyo for his magnanimity, love and care for our women and children.

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