The Helpline Foundation for the Needy, has commenced an empowerment programme for another 100 Abuja Indigenous people on traditional attire making and other skills.
President of the Foundation, Dr Jumai Ahmadu at the flag off of the Batch B empowerment in Abuja, said the initiative is targeted at bringing the natives out of poverty, and to ensure preservation of the people’s culture.
Dr Ahmadu, who was represented by the project manager, Mr Onoja Arome, said the initiative would also assist the original inhabitants of FCT to sustain their indigenous trade, reduce idleness and create jobs.
According to her, the first Batch which took place in 2022 had started yielding results and expected to make many economically self reliant.
According to her, “Helpline Foundation with support from Macarthur Foundation through centre for Human Rights and Civil Education flags off local economic development projects for original inhabitants of FCT to strengthen the economy of the people, create jobs and reduce inequalities.At the end of this project, our sustainability plans would be to monitor progress, and commitments by the agency responsible and to make our self available to their call anytime for mentorship” Ahmadu said.
According to Dr Ahmadu,Helpline foundation with the help of CHRICED has preserved ‘asumbo’ the cultural heritage of the gbagyi people evidenced and verifiable with the visit of the Macarthur delegates in September 2022 among other project visible achievements.
“Local Economic Development means more than just economic growth. It is promoting participation and local dialogue, connecting people and their resources for better employment and a higher quality of life for both men and women. This will not only empower the Original Inhabitants of FCT, but also bring them together to form a strong basis for economic, educational and political inclusion”.
According to the President of Helpline Foundation, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, achieving economic development is a big challenge in itself but ensuring that all citizens, including marginalized groups, benefit from economic development is even a bigger challenge. This is the reason, Helpline Foundation is ensuring that the Original Inhabitants of FCT who have been marginalized over the years benefit from this programme.
By Remi Johnson,Edited by Grace Namiji