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Commissioning of Four New Project Centres

REALISING WOMEN’S RIGHTS THROUGH REDUCTION OF IGNORANCE, POVERTY & GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN 10 STATES OF NIGERIA

Supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria

Conclusion of Phase One Activities – Commissioning of Four New Project Centres

FULL REPORT

Introduction

WRAPA had in July 2008 obtained a N168, 069.00 grant from the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria for the establishment of 9 other Skills and counselling centres across Nigeria in addition to the existing pilot centre in Malumfashi community in Katsina State.

Recap of last progress report covering the first 3 months from the day the contract was signed

The take off tranche finances in the sum of N11,410,495.00 was received and cleared by WRAPA, project staff who were earlier identified and endorsed by the Board of Trustees, were engaged and office equipment to support their work were procured with financial report attached. Productive advocacy visits were paid to states selected as part of the first phase project communities and all formalities were concluded for the formal commissioning of the project centres in all the selected states except Bayelsa due to pending issues bordering majorly on the sustainability of the project in that state.

Below is an activity report on the concluding stage of the first phase of the contract.

  1. Engagement of Various Centre Staff and Procurement of Centre Equipment

The second tranche finances in the sum of N19,626,052.00 was received and cleared by WRAPA, the various centre staff who were subjected to proper scrutiny to ascertain their qualification and availability and endorsed by the Board of Trustees, were engaged and the various centre equipment to facilitate formal commissioning and eventual take off of centre activities were procured. Financial report attached.

  1. Formal Commissioning of Project Centres

Introduction

To mark the formal take off of activities at the WRAPA Women Skills and Counselling Centres currently supported by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria, commissioning ceremonies were organised at the various project centres across Nigeria.

Prior to the commissioning date, purchased items as well as donated items were mobilised on site at the various structures provided by the local communities as part of community efforts to the success of the project.

  1. Bashi Centre, Dass LGA of Bauchi State. Tues 4th Nov 2008.

The formal commissioning ceremony of the Bashi centre witnessed a massive attendance by the Federal and State government institutions, traditional leaders, religious leaders, CSOs and women groups from neighbouring communities. During the commissioning, the Chairman of Dass Local Government Council expressed joy on a dream come true emphasizing the benefits of economically empowering rural women and affirmed further Council support for the centre by way of providing one sewing machine, one knitting machine and two night watchmen to over see the centre in addition to the one block of two classrooms with an office already constructed by the Council for the centre’s use. He further prayed the beneficiary community to continually mobilise for the continued success of the centre and calling on the host community to guide against vandalism of the centre equipment. The Chairman challenged the women of surrounding community to enrol at the centre as well.

Cross section of Guests Front view of the centre structure Cultural troupe entertaining guests

The Keynote address was delivered by the Bauchi state Coordinator of the National Directorate of Employment and thereafter Goodwill messages were delivered by government functionaries and distinguished personalities including the SA to the Governor on NGOs, SA to the Governor on Education and Society Re-orientation, Hajiya Amina Mohammed, member WRAPA Board of Trustees who represented the Chairman, WRAPA Board of Trustees amongst others.

 

WRAPA BOT member, Haj. Amina Emir of Dass cutting the tape to Emir of Dass inspecting

Muh’d delivering a Goodwill message on formally commission the centre centre equipment

behalf of Her Excellency, Justice Lami

Fati Abubakar; WRAPA BOT Chairperson

Having prayed for the success of the centre, the commissioning tape was cut by His Royal Highness, Alhaji Bilyamini Othman; the Emir of Dass at about 02:10pm (local time) to mark the formal commissioning of the Dass centre for a full take off centre activities.

Outcome

  1. Massive mobilization of women from neighbouring communities by women of Bashi community to witness the official commissioning of the centre
  2. Massive turnout of stakeholders at the commissioning ceremony – government functionaries/institutions, traditional leaders, religious leaders, CSOs and the local dwellers of Bashi and Dass
  3. In addition to provided structures, the Dass LGC also deployed two security personnel to the centre
  4. Mass sensitization of the local community especially by the Emir of Dass, HRH Alhaji Bilyaminu Othman

 

  1. Suleja Centre, Suleja LGA of Niger State. Tues 11th Nov 2008.

The formal commissioning ceremony of Suleja Skills and Counselling centre was witnessed by Top government functionaries (such as the Royal Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, Founder and Chairman WRAPA Board of Trustees, Niger State First lady, Engr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Honourable member of House of Representatives representing Suleja, Gurara and Tafa Federal Constituency, Niger State Director, National Orientation Agency, Niger State Coordinator of NAPEP, Niger State Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs, The Niger state Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Executive Director Niger state Agency for Mass Education and the chief host and Chairman of Suleja Local Government), eminent traditional and religious leaders (such as the Emir of Suleja), respected captains of industries, distinguished individuals (such as Honourable Godwin Ekwakwe, a former member of Imo State House of Assembly, Ambassador Judith Attah, member WRAPA Board of Trustees) and various interest groups.

The Ambassador and his wife Founder & Chair, WRAPA BOT Niger state First lady

In a welcome address, the chief host and Chairman of Suleja LG, Mallam Muhammed Rabiu Barde expressed great pleasure in welcoming dignitaries from all works of life across Nigeria to Suleja and reinstated his commitment to seeing to the continued success of the Women Skills and Counselling Centre, Suleja.

In an opening remark, the Niger State Director, National Orientation Agency appreciated all efforts channelled towards the successful commissioning of the centre and challenged dignitaries present at the ceremony to rise up to the occasion and make meaningful commitments towards the sustainability of the centre.

The keynote address was delivered by WRAPA Secretary General, Saudatu Mahdi (Mrs) who recounted WRAPA singular efforts over the years to economically empower Nigeria women in addition to protecting their legal and social rights till the intervention by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in form of a 4 years financial grant. Appreciating the efforts of the Embassy of the Netherlands, the WRAPA Secretary General called on other development partners to emulate the Netherlands Embassy in ensuring sustainable development for the Nigeria woman especially those in the rural areas.

WRAPA Secretary General Niger state WRAPA coordinator presenting Drama troupe entertaining guests

gifts to the wife of the Ambassador on behalf of

the woman of Suleja

A paper presentation on poverty eradication in Nigeria rural communities was delivered by the Niger State Coordinator of NAPEP, Alh. Iliyasu Dhako the Ajiyan Minna who gave a brief run-down of poverty indexes in Nigeria communities. Emphasizing the need for collective efforts in the fight against poverty in Nigeria, the Niger state NAPEP coordinator led dignitaries present in making donations and commitments towards the development of the Suleja Women Skills and Counselling Centre.

Guests were thrilled by the Ibro Cultural Group who presented a short play-let emphasizing the need to economically empower women and stop violence against women. Goodwill messages were delivered by government functionaries and distinguished individuals present.

The Royal Father of the Day, HRH Sarkin Zazzau Suleja, Dr. Muhammad Awwal Ibrahim, commended the efforts of the founder of WRAPA for the WRAPA project and called on other persons in position of authority to emulate the WRAPA dream to ensure sustainable development in Nigeria communities emphasizing the fact that there are little ways every citizen could contribute to the socio-economic development of fellow Nigeria citizenry.

The Niger State First lady, Her Excellency Hajiya Jummai Babangida Aliyu expressed great joy at the intervention and made donation and commitments towards the proper functioning of the centre.

In her speech, the founder and Chairman WRAPA Board of Trustees, Her Excellency Hon. Justice Fati Lami Abubakar, appreciated God Almighty for the privilege to witness the epoch – making event. Commending the selfless efforts of management and staff of WRAPA over the years, Her Excellency prayed for a continued success story of WRAPA in positively affecting the live of the Nigeria woman.

His Excellency, the Netherlands His Excellency, the Netherlands Ambassador L – R: Hon Comm for Women Affairs,

Ambassador to Nigeria cutting the tape to Nigeria and WRAPA National Project ….., First lady of Niger state, Wife of the Royal

to formally commission the centre Coordinator during centre inspection Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, WRAPA

BOT Chairperson, Netherlands Ambassador to

Nigeria, Emir of Suleja, Suleja LGC Chairman, Deputy Chairman Suleja LGC , Wife of Suleja LGC Chairman, Mrs Win Biemans ,WRAPA

Secretary General, Mr Win Biemans of the Netherlands

In his speech, the Royal Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria appreciated the level of community acceptance and commitment towards the sustainability of the centre as demonstrated by the various donations and commitments made and prayed that the centre would achieve desired result which is economic security for Nigeria women. And thereafter the commissioning tape was cut and the commissioning plague was unveiled by His Excellency Arie Van Der Wiel, the Royal Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria at exactly 02:05pm (local time) to mark the formal commissioning of the Suleja Women Skills and Counselling Centre.

Outcome

  1. Massive turnout of stakeholders at the commissioning ceremony – government functionaries/institutions, traditional leaders, religious leaders, CSOs, NYSC members and the local dwellers of Suleja and Minna.
  2. Donations and pledges secured from
  1. His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Niger state Dr. Babangida Aliyu donated 2 sets of Split Air-conditioner System through his wife the First lady.

 

  1. Her Excellency, Niger state First lady and Chairman, Life Rehab Foundation (a registered NGO in Niger State) donated the sum of N300, 000.00 (three hundred thousand naira) towards the running cost of the centre.
  2. Niger state NAPEP Coordinator donated 10 Sewing machines, 2 Computer sets and a Laser printer
  3. Honourable Godwin Ekwakwe, a former member of Imo State House of Assembly who was present at the Suleja commissioning courtesy of the Chairman of Council pledged 2 Computer sets. The pledge is being followed up by the WRAPA State team and the Suleja LGC Chairman.
  4. The Niger state Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sport pledged 5 computer sets to be redeemed at the fourth week of November 2008.
  5. In addition to provided structures, the Suleja Local Government Council also deployed two security personnel to the centre.
  1. Mass sensitization of the local community especially by the Emir of Suleja, Sarkin Zazzau Suleja Dr. Muhammad Awwal Ibrahim who is a retired seasoned civil servant and a teacher by profession.
  1. Ozubulu Centre, Ekwusigo LGA Anambra State. Thurs 20th Nov 2008.

The formal commissioning of Women Skills and Counselling centre in Ozubulu, Anambra state witness a massive turnout of traditional and religious leaders like the Secretary to the Igwe in Council representing the Igwe of Ozubulu, the Catholic Priest of St. Michael Catholic Church, Ozubulu, various women/men civil society groups, faith based groups like the Catholic Women Organisation of Nigeria, Ekwusigo Chapter and some Government functionaries despite the state cabinet meeting holding at Awka at about the same time. This however informed the late arrival of some other government functionaries like the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Director for Women Empowerment in the Ministry of Women Affairs representing the Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs, amongst others.

Front view of the centre structure Cross section of women groups at the ceremony Cross section of guests

The ceremony which formally commenced at about 12noon witness the early arrival of enthusiastic women groups in and around the neighbourhood as early as 08:45am. In a remark the Ichie Nnabuenyi; Engr. Emmanuel Udedike commended the overwhelming turnout of women groups holding that it is indicative of the level of community acceptance of the project. He however challenged the local community to guide the centre equipment jealously to avoid vandalism. Commending the founder of WRAPA for the WRAPA project, the Chairman tasks Nigerians in positions of authority to emulate the Honourable Justice Fati Lami Abubakar in bringing about programs aimed at empowering the vulnerable and less privileged in the society.

The women in their chanted songs expressed the fact that the event marks the making of history in Ozubulu because for the first time since independence, the rural women of Ozubulu have drawn the attention of a Non-Governmental Organization in the area of economic self empowerment.

Speaking on behalf of the Founder and Chairman, WRAPA Board of Trustees, the Secretary General of WRAPA expressed delight at the level of joy expressed by the community as echo in their dancing during the entertainment interlude. Emphasizing WRAPA readiness to economically empower the rural women of Ozubulu, the Secretary General pointed out the onerous task of purchasing needed equipment for the Ozubulu women centre due to the peculiar nature of the marketable skills as revealed by the needs assessment earlier conducted in Ozubulu and calling on the privileged sons and daughters of Ozubulu both at home and in the Diaspora to wake up to the challenge of partnering with WRAPA to procure needed equipment for the Palm kernel processing mill as the proposed budget for the project can not fully cover the setting up cost.

Her Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Anambra State who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor expressed great joy at the efforts of WRAPA over the years in ensuring social justice for Nigeria women. And pledging to partner with WRAPA in ensuring the success of the women skills and counselling centre in Ozubulu, the Deputy Governor called on all well meaning indigenes of Anambra state to rise up to the challenge of bringing about economic empowerment for women in the state.

The highpoint of the ceremony was the cutting of the tape to mark the formal commissioning of the centre by Her Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Anambra state represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor at exactly 01:55pm.

 

 

Cultural troupe entertaining guests PA to the Governor cutting the commissioning WRAPA National Project Coordinator

tape on behalf of Her Excellency, the Deputy introducing guests to the centre

Governor of Anambra State

In a fatherly advice, HRH the Igwe of Ozubulu represented by the Secretary to the Igwe in Council urged the people of Ozubulu to reciprocate WRAPA’s effort by fully participating in the centre activities especially in the area of monitoring to ensure desired goals are meant.

Goodwill messages were delivered by the Top government functionaries and religious leaders present at the commissioning.

Outcome

  1. Massive mobilization of women from within and around neighbouring communities by women of Ozubulu community to witness the official commissioning of the centre
  2. Massive turnout of stakeholders at the commissioning ceremony – government functionaries/institutions, traditional leaders, religious leaders, CSOs and the local dwellers of Ozubulu community.
  3. Secured pledges from government functionaries and community leaders towards the procurement of needed equipment for the centre.
  1. Conclusion

The commitment, full involvement and participation by the various host communities prior to and during the formal commissioning ceremonies is indicative of positive acceptance by the local community and sustainability of the project to actualising set goal which is sustained economic empowerment for Nigeria women.

 

  1. Training Of Centre Officials – Coordinators, Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors. 4th – 5th Feb 2009.

As part of efforts to ensure good management of the project centres, two days training workshop was organised for officials of the first phase project centres. The main objective of the training was to build capacity of State Coordinators, Centre Supervisors and their Assistants who will in turn train other support staff of the centre, principally skills instructors and paralegals.

Resource persons were drawn from across Nigeria and at the end of the training programme, the following highpoints were expected to be realised;

1) Enhanced capacity in centre management and counselling

2) Raised knowledge of Gender Based Violence and application to local context

3) Enhanced capacity in counselling and paralegal services

4) Improved self confidence in handling problems

5) Enhanced knowledge in establishing culture of non-violence in families and communities.

Cross section of participants A Resource person addressing participants WRAPA Sec Gen addressing participants

The training was to covered the following focal areas:

  1. Counselling and paralegal skills
  2. Knowledge of problems in gender and Gender Based Violence (GBV)
  3. Advocacy Methods and Strategies
  4. Improving Self esteem
  5. Institution Capacity Building and Centre Operational guidelines.
  6. Civic and Human Rights Education.
  7. Financial management and Guidelines.

During the training, the core values that should guide the operations of the centres were highlighted as follows;

  1. Inclusiveness: Every woman is welcomed at the centre irrespective of their tribe, religion, status, etc. No woman shall be discriminated against in respect of enrolment and activities of the centre.
  2. Transparency: the centre must exhibit the principle of sincerity of purpose, accountability and respect for fair hearing (independence and non-partisanship).
  3. Sisterhood: women registered at the centre must exhibit the spirit of espirit de coup at times i.e. “One for all, All for one, anytime, anywhere”. The centre should be a source of bonding for women and breaking of barriers.
  4. Value Addition to women: the ultimate aim of the project is to impact the life of every woman in the local communities where the centre is located. There must be a significant gain for every woman enrolled at the centre in terms of knowledge, skills and inter personal relations in order to guarantee economic security and improved self esteem. Thus each centre must thrive to identify peculiarity in the local community that could help enhance the life of the woman registered at the centre with regards to enhanced income, self esteem and health care.
  5. Value Addition to host communities: the centre should be able to influence the establishment of best practices in the community with regards to improved respect for the dignity of the woman, established culture of non violence especially Gender Based Violence (GBV), and the eventual transfer of the ownership of the centre to the host community.

Centre supervisors were to ensure full respect for and total compliance to these core values.

Furthermore, the codes of conduct for trainees were highlighted to include the following;

  1. Punctuality and attendance: trainees should show commitment and notification of absence should be sent to the centre when necessary.
  2. Respect for volunteer trainers and Facilitators
  3. General respect for one another.
  4. Protection and good handling of all the property of the Centre.
  5. Commitment to self-empowerment.
  6. Respect for one another’s privacy.

As it is often said that humans have the capacity to remember 20% of information HEARD, 30% of information SEEN, 50% of what they HEAR AND SEE, 70% of what they HEAR, SEE, AND TALK ABOUT and 90% of what they HEAR, SEE, TALK ABOUT AND DO, and in order to drive home lessons learnt a role play that covers centre activities and management was staged and acted by participants.

Participants engaged in role play Group photograph with partcipants WRAPA Sec Gen presenting certificate

of attendance to a participant

  1. Advocacy visit to Gombe State. 25th -26th February 2009

Purpose:

  1. To sensitize the local community on the intervention
  2. To solicit and win the support and participation of community leaders and other influential stakeholders within the project community. The rationale for the involvement of these categories of people in this important project is to add credibility to the project and foster acceptance by the members of the host community.
  3. To allow informal engagement with the host community
  4. To solicit local support in order to ensure sustainability of the project.

1. Visit to FOMWAN (Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria) Islamiya Leaders at Billiri Local Government. Wed 25th February 2009 at 10am

Representing the Chairman, Billiri Local Government Council, the Head of Education and Social Development urged the women of the community to explore the opportunities that could be derived from the centre by participating fully in the centre activities and pledged the Council’s unrelenting support and cooperation. Speaking on behalf of the women group, the Amira FOMWAN, Hajiya Jummai Ibn Isa appreciated the efforts to economically empower the women of Billiri and environs and promised full participation in the centre activities.

National Project Coordinator addressing members of FOMWAN

2. Visit to Mai Tangle, HRH Mai Abdu Buba Maisheru II (JP) OON Emir of Billiri. Wed 25th February 2009 at 11.30 am.

Welcoming the project team accompanied by the Billiri local government council officials, the Mai Tangle expressed great delight in the inclusion of Billiri in the project and pledged the emirate’s full support for the project. He assured that a group of women will be sent to convey the message to Her Excellency, the First Lady of the State and stated his conviction that the First lady would give full support to the success of the project in Billiri.

The Project Team in a group photograph with HRH, Mai Abdu Buba Maisheru, Emir of Billiri at his palace

3. Meeting with Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Women and other women groups in Billiri at the Emirs Palace. Wed 25th February 2009 at 12noon.

After the visit in the Mai Tangle’s Palace, the Mai Tangle and his Chiefs accompanied the team to meet with the women groups from different communities of the local government mobilized by Mai Tangle himself and the Gombe state WRAPA office.

The President of Tangale Community Development Association Rev. Jalo A. Solomon expressed great joy at the selection of Tangale community for the project centre and affirmed the community’s readiness to support the project as it is poised to bring about economic advancement to the women of the community and by extension community development. He further assured of the community’s readiness to ensure the sustenance of the centre. He further challenged the women to receive the initiative with open handedness and make efforts to benefit from the project as it will savage them from redundancy and poverty.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) women leader of Billiri community acknowledged the needs of Billiri women in terms of economic empowerment and prayed for the success of the centre.

WRAPA National Project Coordinator HRH, Mai Tangle addressing the people of Billiri The National Project Coordinator

and Gombe State WRAPA Coordinator presenting advocacy kit

addressing the women groups

Addressing the women, the Mai Tangle assured that all efforts will be made to source for soft loan from the Micro finance banks in Billiri to assist the women in setting up their own ventures upon graduation from the centre.

4. Advocacy visit to the Chairman of Billiri Local Government Council, Hon. Rabenson Z. Wasa; Dan Makoyon Tangale. Wed 25th February 2009 at 2pm

Receiving the team on behalf of the Council Chairman, the Deputy Chairman, Hon. Sadiq Dangabar expressed great pleasure for the honour done to the local government by including Billiri in the ten project communities and pledged the council’s commitment and support to ensure the success of the project.

The Project Team meeting with the Deputy Group Photograph with the LG Staff Proposed Project Centre at Billiri L.G

Chairman of Billiri L.G.A at the Secretariat

The team accompanied by the Council officials and the Chairman of Tangale Development Association proceeded to the proposed Centre site for inspection. The location of the proposed site is central to the Billiri community. It has 2 large rooms that can be used for the Skills and about five standard rooms that could be used for Adult Literacy classes and offices for the Centre Supervisor and Assistant.

5. Combined visit to the Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs Hajiya Fatima Binta Bello; Gado da Masun Filiya and women groups within Gombe metropolis. Thurs 26th February 2009 at 10.30 am

Welcoming the project team, the Gombe state Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs expressed joy on the inclusion of Gombe state in the project and particularly the choice of Billiri community for the siting of the project centre and pledged her Ministry’s support at anytime towards the success of the project in the state.

Outcome

  1. The full participation by the local community led by the Emir of Billiri is indicative of the project acceptance and eventual sustenance through possible take over of the centre by the local community at the expiration of the four years grant.
  2. Secured Physical structure/building for the centre from the Billiri Local Government Council.

Next Step

Follow up by state project teams with the various community leaders and government officials to redeem commitments.

 

  1. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of first phase project centres by in-house Evaluators

1. Suleja Centre, Niger state. Thurs 5th March 2009.

The purpose of the M&E visit was to assess the performance of the Centre since its take off, and to also obtain first hand information from the Centre officials on perceived challenges in the day-to-day running of the Centre.

Computer session in progress Sewing & knitting session in progress Adult literacy class

Skills currently taught at the centre are Sewing, Knitting, Computer literacy and Adult education. The Cookery session is yet to commence as qualified trainers are still being scout for. Though centre activities had taken off in earnest at the Suleja centre, one major challenge observed during the M&E was the below expectation performance of the centre in terms of number of women enrolled at the centre. And on further evaluation it was observed that the low turn out of women was occasioned by the enrolment approach applied by the centre management i.e. giving two slots women the various women groups in the community. Thus the centre supervisor was instructed to review this approach with immediate effect and instead make enrolment open to all interested individuals and not groups alone. Furthermore, the centre supervisors with her assistant were to engage in activities aimed at creating awareness about the full take off of centre activities.

2. Ozubulu Centre, Anambra state. (pending)

 

3. Dass Centre, Bauchi State. (pending)

Final Narrative Activity Report Malumfashi Skills & Counselling Centre

Submitted by

Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) Nigeria

October 2008

MALUMFASHI SKILLS AND COUNSELLING CENTRE

Supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria

February – July 2008

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

a) Introduction

Since the establishment and commissioning of the Pilot centre between October 2006 and February 2007, activities in the centre continued based on the approved schedule.

It is obvious that the enthusiasm with which the project was received among the women and the community is evident considering the regular attendance of training sessions by the trainees despite the acute challenge of daily financial commitment in form of transportation (to the centre) faced by most trainees. Considering the high level of existing poverty in the community, the 60% graduating of fully attending trainees is encouraging.

Both the State and the Local Government Council’s commitment towards the centre sustained the same tempo of activities of the Centre despite the change of government occasioned by the April 2007 General election in the country. This is evident in the continued support and participation of local government officers in the activities of the centre and this is positive indication towards the sustenance and eventual ownership of the centre by the community.

b) Centre Activities

The value component activities of the centre took off smoothly and increased in quality by the end of the one year pilot support. Equipment, machines and other logistics in respect of the skills were procured, utilised and maintained through regular service with the result of an established maintenance culture amongst the trainees. Ninety one (91) Trainees in respect of sewing and knitting skills, adult literacy, computer appreciation and religious knowledge were enrolled by the Centre.

c) Community Support & Sustainability

The evidence of the commitment and participation of the local community is attested by the following actions of government and individuals which underscores the aspiration for sustainability.

– The demonstration of political will by the State Government through the Katsina State Ministry of Women Affairs and Youth Development, represented by Hajiya Zainab Y. Dari.

– The sustained material and moral support extended by the Malumfashi Local Government administration under two tenures of elected representatives has helped to establish and enhance legitimacy for the Centre from inception to date.

– The Malumfashi/Kafur Federal Constituency House Member, Alhaji Abdulkadir Mammam Nasir donated the sum of one hundred thousand naira (N100, 000.00) towards the purchase of a computer set to start a computer appreciation component for female youths.

– Dr. Halima Adamu, a daughter of the community made cash awards to successful trainees at the graduation.

– The endorsement and active participation of religious and traditional leaders and other respected personalities in the activities of the Centre.

 

d) Graduation of Trainees

On 14th August 2008, the first batch of trainees graduated after one year of intensive training in various skills and having undergone various informative sessions on health, self esteem and civic rights. A total of 28 successful trainees graduated and were presented with certificates while prizes were given to outstanding trainees in the various skills.

e) Entrepreneurial Skills Workshop

Recognising the need for support for the utilisation the skills learned by the women from the Centre, an entrepreneurial training was organized for graduate trainees of the Centre in order to guarantee the effective utilization of acquired skills and knowledge. The training was conducted at the premises of the Centre on Thursday 9th October 2008. At the end of the training there were positive indications of the attainment of the objectives of the training.

f) Completion of Pilot phase

The submission of this narrative report and financial report containing significant impact on the Malumfashi women and community marks the end of the pilot grant for the establishment of the Skills and Counselling Centre.

MALUMFASHI SKILLS AND COUNSELLING CENTRE

Supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria

February – July 2008

FULL REPORT

Introduction

Further to the activity report in respect of Malumfashi Centre submitted to the Embassy in January 2008, this final narrative report of the pilot grant of N3,190,180.00 for WRAPA to establish a Skills and Counselling Centre in the rural community of Malumfashi is hereby submitted covering activities of the Centre from February 2008 to July 2008 with some activities spilling into August to October due to challenges beyond the control of WRAPA.

With a fully functional Centre, activities went into full gear and a supervisory visit by the Royal Netherlands Embassy was organised and undertaken in February 2008.

 

I) Official Visit to the Pilot Centre by Officials of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria

His Excellency, the Royal Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. A. C. A. Van Der Wiel was represented by Mr. Mark Rutgers a senior Embassy staff. The visiting team, which was accompanied by the WRAPA Secretary General were met at the Malumfashi Local Government boarder by the Deputy Chairman of the Malumfashi Local Government and some members of the Council, the WRAPA Zonal Coordinator Hajiya Dije Yahya (now the National project Coordinator), and WRAPA Katsina State Coordinator Haj. Adama Bakori, and some other WRAPA members.

The entourage proceeded to the palace of the Galadiman Katsina Honourable Justice Mamman Nasir on a courtesy call. The team was received and welcomed by the Wakilin Galadiman and other council members. In his speech, Mr. Mark Rutgers thanked the traditional council for the warm reception accorded the team. He stressed the Embassy’s readiness to support the centre and other 9 more centres in other states based on the acceptance, viability and success of the Malumfashi centre. Mr. Mark Rutgers then presented souvenir gifts to the Galadiman while the Deputy Chairman of the Local Government also presented souvenir gifts to the Embassy officials as the tradition demands.

 

The team then proceeded to the WRAPA Skills Acquisition and Counselling Centre where a teeming crowd consisting of other community leaders, local government staff, WRAPA members and the trainees and trainers was anxiously waiting to welcome the team. The team was conducted round the centre by the centre supervisor Hajiya Rakiya Tijjani Aliyu. The officials inspected the Centre interacting with the trainees and their trainers as they inspected the skills training products on display. Mr. Rutgers expressed appreciation for the enthusiasm of the community and in particular the trainees who he said were doing very well judging from the quality of the change they have experienced and the productivity of the skills training and value sessions on self esteem and community advocacy.

He also emphasized satisfaction with the support of the community which he indicated will be the basis for sustaining the Centre and eventual ownership by the community. The visit ended with a late lunch at the Government Guest House.

 

The 2nd Sec endorsing the Centre’s attendance register

The 2nd Sec watching the trainees at the Knitting session

II) 1st Graduation Ceremony of Trainees at the Pilot Centre in Malumfashi. August 14th 2008 at 10:00am

The ceremony which was conducted in the local Hausa language began at about 12noon with the opening prayers taken by Mallam Usman Abubakar, which was followed by the introduction of Guests.

In a welcome address, the National Coordinator of the 10 centre project Hajiya Dije Yahya observed that the success of the Malumfashi centre as a pilot project had brought into reality the setting up of 9 other centres across the 6 geo-political zones in Nigeria which is currently supported by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria. She further appreciated the cooperation and assistance of both the Malumfashi Local Government Council and the State through the Ministry of Women Affairs. She ended her remark by calling on the leadership of the Malumfashi Local Government Council to include the graduate trainees in the Council’s poverty alleviation scheme to provide them with micro grants for immediate establishment of their own enterprise. She also urged all stakeholders to maintain the current tempo of enthusiasm and support as the pilot centre will be a model for the other centres.

Delivering a goodwill message, the Chairman of Malumfashi Local Government Council represented by the Vice Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Kabiru, expressed delight at the achievements of the centre and its importance to the Malumfashi community. He commended WRAPA for the initiative and urged the graduating trainees to use the acquired skills and knowledge towards meaningful development of the Malumfashi community and Nigeria in general.

Best in sewing receiving the 1st prize of complete set of sewing machine Best in Knitting receiving the 1st prize of Knitting machine WRAPA Sec Gen presenting gift to a community leader

In another goodwill message, the representative of Galadiman Katsina expressed the Galadima’s satisfaction with the success story of the centre and prayed for its sustenance.

Some of the graduating trainees and members of their families then took turn to express their heart felt gratitude to the management and staff of the centre for the opportunity accorded then for self empowerment and prayed for the continuity of the centre so more women/girls could benefit. Certificates were then presented to the 28 successful trainees, which was followed by presentation of prizes to outstanding trainees. Some distinguished members of the community were also presented with recognition plaques as a mark of their continued support towards the success of the centre. The recognition was also to encourage best practices by husbands and guardians of trainees to support their regular and productive participation of their wives and wards.

In a remark, the Katsina State Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs expressed great joy that one year after the formal commissioning of the centre, the first batch of beneficiaries have successfully completed their training. She further charged the graduating trainees to make good use of skills and knowledge acquired in eradicating poverty and sufferings. While calling on other women who still strive to make a living to embrace the initiative with open arms, the Honourable Commissioner called on other civil society organizations especially the ones that are gender based to emulate WRAPA and join in the fight to completely eradicate poverty in Nigeria especially among women, noting that though WRAPA’s primary task is protecting the legal rights of women, the organization has gone a step further in empowering women economically.

In her address, WRAPA Secretary General appreciated the good will of the people of Malumfashi in seeing to the continued success of the centre and prayed for its sustenance. She further admonished the graduating trainees not to relent in their efforts towards self empowerment assuring them that in due course their labour and hardship would be rewarded. She further urged the graduating trainees to endeavour to train other women in their neighbourhood.

The guests were then led by the Honourable Commissioner for Women Affairs and the Vice Chairman of Malumfashi Local Government Council in inspecting items displayed by the graduating trainees.

The Hon Commissioner inspecting displayed items Dep. Chairman inspecting displayed items Group photograph during graduation

III) Entrepreneurial Training for Graduates Trainees 9th October 2008.

  1. Introduction

Recognising the essentials of acquiring entrepreneurial skills for effective management of business, it was considered expedient to organise an entrepreneurial training for graduate trainees of the Malumfashi in order to guarantee the effective utilization of acquired skills and knowledge.

  1. Objectives

The aim of the training was to among other issues;

  1. Develop their interpersonal skills
  2. Train the graduates on how to set up/establish and manage their own business
  3. Expose them to strategies for formation of cooperative societies and other strategies for securing micro finance.
  1. Process

In achieving the set goal, a 1 day entrepreneurial training was organised for graduate trainees at the Malumfashi centre on Thursday 9th October 2008. Graduates were mobilised through informal media announcement by the town crier. The method was effective as 9

It was an interactive session where participants were given the opportunity to fully participate in the process.

Trainer, Mrs Ladi Way Proceedings during the training Cross section of participants

A high point of the training workshop was the completion of evaluation form by each participants guided by the National Project Coordinator. The purpose of the evaluation is to access the level of assimilation by the graduate trainees both during the skill acquisition training and the entrepreneurial training.

Proceedings during the training Evaluation/assessment session Trainer and Graduate Group

 

  1. Outcome

An analysis of the evaluation forms indicated satisfaction and hope amongst the graduates as well as the attainment of the set objectives of both the training and their experiences in the Centre.

IV) Overall Evaluation/Assessment of the Malumfashi Centre

In the data collected during the trainee’s initial registration; testimonies at the graduation ceremony and in the evaluation questionnaire administered to the trainees after the entrepreneurial training, the following impact was documented.

  1. The centre has made positive impact on the lives of the women and their families affecting over 274 children, 144 parents and over 57 spouses apart from the extended relatives and friends in the community.
  2. Three (3) of the graduate trainees have already enrolled other women in their neighbourhood for training in their homes.
  3. The Centre has become a meeting point of interactions and business discussions and meetings for the women. A place where they can sit comfortably with their children to discuss personal and community issues as well as share strategies on managing their families.
  4. Prior to the entrepreneur training, some of the women have already formed two trade groups awaiting guidance and advice on how to formally register with the appropriate government Agency for consideration of the award of facilities such as soft loans and other support schemes.
  5. The testimonies of the graduate trainees attesting to the significant impact of the Centre to their lives and the livelihood of their family and community:

ü This centre is the best thing that had happened to us (women) as it has changed our lives completely. I now have economic independence.

ü During this Sallah (Eid celebration), I was able to sew my children’s clothes, my clothes and even sewed on commercial basis. I am highly grateful to WRAPA.

ü Because of this training, my husband has now purchased a knitting machine for me and in addition has given me N800.00 as take off grant. I knitted and sold – the money has now become 3,000 naira. I am grateful.’

ü This centre is a blessing to us. I came 1st in the sewing class and I am now sewing on commercial basis. As a young girl, I know that I will never depend entirely on my husband when I eventually get married and I will be an asset to my family.

ü The discussions we had on health and self – esteem has really helped me to understand the various health issues affecting women and their children i.e. HIV Aids and the necessary precautions to take to reduce incidences and protect ourselves.

ü Before now, I could neither read nor write; now I can write my name and understand some things. I hope one day I will be able to read and speak the English language.

 

V) Challenges

1. The regular participation of registered women in the Centre must be addressed. It is worth noting that 18 of the 43 women registered for skills acquisition either withdrew or are irregular in their attendance due to logistic problems based on the poverty level of majority of families. The 28 number of full graduates is encouraging.

2. Measures need to be taken to improve attendance and participation in the 2nd batch through community mobilization to support women to attend their sessions on regular basis.

3. The community support and participation need to be enhanced through public activities around sensitization on key concerns of the enrolment and retention of girls in schools, reduction of the prevalence of domestic violence as well as lifting of restrictions on women to access health facilities.

VI) Next Steps

  1. Extending the duration of the training sessions to provide adequate time to cover more of the syllabuses in order reduce the number of days in the week. This will also reduce the total cost to be spent on transportation by the trainees.
  2. Put up a formal request to the Local Government Council for support of the trainees in form of small stipend to cushion the hardship and encourage attendance.
  3. Put up a formal request to the Honourable Member of House of Representatives Alhaji Abdulazeez Mamman Nasir to extend his support to the Centre in his constituency project, bearing in mind his outstanding commitment to do so.
  4. Engage sewing and knitting instructors from the graduates of the Centre for the 2nd batch to replace the present instructors and pay them a smaller stipend. This will further encourage them and as a step towards the WRAPA disengagement in due course.
  5. Additional capacity building for the Centre Supervisor and Assistant by WRAPA to enhance managerial quality of the staff.
  6. Preparations and advocacy contacts to secondary school authorities and the state ministry of education in preparation for the school debates and quiz on women’s rights issues in the schools within the Malumfashi Local Government Area.
  7. Continuous monitoring, supervision and evaluation of the Centre to ensure quality output as well as sustainability.

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