Women in Mediation Network, WiMNet, has empowered 20 beneficiaries in the second phase of the skill acquisition programme with business starter packs after two months of tutorials on baking, shoemaking, cosmetology, and make-up artistry.
The gift items were presented to 20 beneficiaries during the second phase skill acquisition graduation ceremony, held at the organisation’s office at Abak Road, Uyo, on Saturday, October 28, 2023.
In her address, the co-founder and executive director of WiMNet, Barr. Uduak Udofia, expressed appreciation to the graduating beneficiaries for embarking on and completing the skill acquisition programme.
“It gives us great joy to see fresh faces brimming with enthusiasm, determination, and potential. Each of you came to acquire skills to better women’s position at the decision table, which is full of unique perspectives and values.
“This is the reason we believe in your talents and potential to create positive change in society; hence, the huge investment made by our sponsors, Safer World and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, WILPF Nigeria, to provide you with these skills and business starter packs is to make you a change agent for women in society.”
While appreciating the organisation’s sponsors and volunteers for their immense support, Udofia charged the beneficiaries to make the best of the skills they have acquired.
On her part, the special guest from FACICIP, Miss Joy Ubong thanked WiMNet for its initiative of giving young women the opportunity to acquire skills of various vocations as well as extending its kind gestures toward people with disabilities.
Ubong admonished the beneficiaries to be outstanding in their businesses by packaging, branding their products and using effective customer service.
Responding, the beneficiaries (Angela Patrick, Angelica Patrick, WhoKnows Ubong, and Patience Bassey), who were outstanding in each of these vocational trainings, appreciated Safer World, WILPF Nigeria, and WiMNet for providing them with the chance to learn these skills. They pledged to maximise the skills they have required and be social agents in society.
The high points of the events were the presentation of certificates and business starter packs to twenty beneficiaries. This included six persons in shoe making, six individuals in catering, four persons in make-up artistry and four persons in cosmetology.
Also, special awards were given to Angela Patrick in make-up artistry, Angelica Patrick in catering, WhoKnows Ubong in shoe making, and Patience Bassey in cosmetology.