From Collins Olayinka, Abuja


THE Federal Government has begun the training of 200 as commercial drivers in Abuja and its environs as the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan launched the Lady Chauffeur Training Scheme (LCTC) scheme in Abuja.
The scheme is a joint project between the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and the pet project of the First Lady, Women for Change and Development Initiative.

Two hundred ladies are scheduled to be trained under the scheme and will be subsequently certificated for commercial driving in the Federal Capital Territory.

Mrs. Jonathan said the scheme is another outstanding landmark for the women of Nigeria to excel in a skill hitherto regarded as an exclusive preserve of men, adding that the scheme is further demonstration of encouragement for Nigerian women.

This comes as the Nigerian Air Force decorated its first female fighter pilot a few days ago.

Her words, “the Lady Chauffeur Training Scheme, which is being launched today, exclusively for ladies marks a new frontier in the creation of equal opportunities for skilled employment for men and women in Nigeria. It is also noteworthy that this is taking place against the background of the gender policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

The First Lady added, “on our part, we will continue to make efforts at uplifting the living standards of women, believing that if women are adequately mobilised, the desired change in the economy would be attained.

“In this regard, I am confident that when this first batch of 200 ladies completes their training, Abuja and its environs will notice a change in driving culture and attitude on our roads and highways.

“These young ladies are expected to become change agents by bringing the feminine virtues of caring, carefulness and of course patience to bear on the way we conduct ourselves on the road.”

Mrs. Jonathan lauded the NDE for its consistency over the years and vigorously pursuing the task of creating jobs for the teeming unemployed youths through training in various skills.

She also has kind words for the Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu, for providing the much-required leadership in the ministry for groundbreaking achievements.


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