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SSAP-TVEE empowers woman with solar kiosk, N.5m in Abuja

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Technical, Vocational, and Entrepreneurship Education (SSAP-TVEE), Madam Abiola Arogundade, has empowered Mrs. Tijani Amina Oluwatobiloba, a single mother and hairdresser, with a made-in-Nigeria solar kiosk and financial assistance of N500,000 grant in Abuja.

The event took place at Wuse Shopping Plaza, Abuja, where the beneficiary, Oluwatobiloba, expressed her profound gratitude amidst tears, stating that the support had reignited her hope.

A statement by Mr David Henry, an Assistant Chief Information Officer in Abuja on Sunday, said the empowerment follows a similar initiative on June 9, 2024, when the SSAP-TVEE awarded a total of N100 million to 120 beneficiaries of the UNLOCK Training Programme, adding that  additional entrepreneurs had received solar kiosks across the country.

It quoted Arogundade as emphasizing that her efforts align with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, which aims to bolster technical, vocational, and entrepreneurship skills throughout Nigeria.

She highlighted the importance of assisting skilled individuals who lack the resources or physical locations to develop their businesses.

The Presidential aide added that the decision to support Oluwatobiloba was influenced by a story shared by the Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye.

“The Minister was passionate about her, which led us to give her both the solar kiosk and a grant of N500,000. Ordinarily, beneficiaries either receive a grant or a solar kiosk”, she said.

She further disclosed her office’s intention to empower more women nationwide based on their chosen skills, and assured that training programmes would be developed for those needing skill acquisition and support for those with existing skills but lacking funding or physical locations.

Also speaking, the Minister of Women Affairs, Kennedy-Ohanenye, highlighted the challenging circumstances faced by Oluwatobiloba, who has been braiding hair to support her two children.

She praised the SSAP-TVEE for their generous gesture and expressed deep gratitude to President Tinubu for his commitment to the welfare of the poor.

The beneficiary,  Oluwatobiloba, who was visibly moved, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the Federal Government and the SSAP-TVEE for the kind gesture.

The Woman Leader of the Wuse Shopping Plaza, Madam Bilikisu Salawu, expressed optimism about Tinubu’s administration, emphasizing its potential to uplift the underprivileged despite current economic challenges.

She also affirmed her faith in the administration’s commitment to grassroots development and positive change for the less fortunate.

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