As parts of efforts to promote economic independence among women and reduce unemployment in Nigeria, no fewer than 25 women have become certified mechanics under the Lady Mechanic Initiative in Edo State.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Lady Mechanic Village organised by the Nigerian Bottling Company in Benin, the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, said that the initiative, with the support of the Ministry of Women Affairs, would ensure women’s contribution to national development.
Represented by a director in the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Iranmwinran, Dame Jonathan said the initiative was aimed at training young women as auto mechanics, drivers, generator technicians, water pump and speed boat mechanics.
She said, “It offers a transformative approach that is gender responsive, by challenging gender stereotypes. It is against this background that we applaud the Lady Mechanic Initiative initiated by Sandra Aguebor-Ekperuoh for the benefit of providing a means of livelihood to women in particular and by extension their immediate families.