Access to Economic Empowerment

ECONOMIC EMP

According to World Bank, Africa is the continent with largest number of people living in extreme poverty. A report from world poverty clock shows that Nigeria now has over 87million people living in extreme poverty. The report adds that six Nigerians become poor every minute. The NBS said that relative poverty was most apparent in the north of the country; with sokoto state poverty rate one of the highest at 86.4%. In the North West and north east of the country poverty rates were recorded at 77.7% and 76.3% compared to the southwest at 59.1%. It is a well appreciated fact that there is extreme and debilitating poverty in northern Nigeria.

The north controls political power in Nigeria but has not been using that political power to help the region. That is why today poverty is 90% in Zamfara state while it is 17% in Lagos despite the fact that Zamfara is richer than Lagos in terms of natural endowment. Sokoto were NANA is currently operating can feed the whole of Nigeria with rice as a result of its potential for rice production but sokoto state has a poverty index of 86%.

Women are especially high hit as some of them are old with no means of support while some are widows with children to support. Kebbi is among the state with the worst level of social and income inequality in the country, with unemployment rate of 25% in 2011(world data atlas). Recently UNICEF has rated Kebbi worst in child poverty and protection.

In view of the above statistical facts on poverty, NANA tends to empower women especially widows and youth. Women are segregated, have very limited access to education for political, religious or social reasons. It is always recommended when fighting against poverty to start with empowering women in every possible way to solve a great deal of problems. Women can have a great impact not only on the household income, but also on the education of children including sanitation, and avoiding early child death due to bad habits, sanitation or improper food or water. Nigerian widows live in abject poverty with their children malnourished, prone to diseases. NANA will make the task of alleviating the suffering of widows and their children a priority .The population of widows is increasing in Nigeria and yet little is known about them and the challenges they go through. Many of these widows rely on petty trading because of insufficient funds to engage in lucrative business that would be sufficient to take care of themselves and their children. NANA wants widows and youth to be economically viable and independent. This will enable them carter for their children.  

More so, the national bureau of statistics revealed the alarming rate of youth unemployment which is as much as 50%, out of the country’s 167 million people in 2012 the table below indicates national youth unemployment figures by gender.

S/N

YEAR

FEMALE

MALE

1

2008

58.50

41.50

2

2009

57.82

42.18

3

2010

54.52

45.48

4

2011

50.85

49.15

5

2012

55.42

44.58

Source; NISER, 2013

The above table indicates that majority of unemployed youth are female. Women accounted for more than 50% of unemployed youth between 2008 and 2012.

As stated earlier, NANA will contribute its own quota through; providing training and tools to women to become mechanics to service women car owners by making the auto-mechanic business women friendly and ‘legitimate’ for women. By doing so NANA will

·        Break the gender stereotype that makes car repairs exclusively for men by sensitizing the public and reaching 10,000 people.

·        Create job opportunities and increase income for 195 women, targeting widows.

·        Establish three auto repair garages responsive to the need of women car owners.

·        Maximize the impact by supporting 98 graduates to set up garages

·        Provide an internship platform to 30 women in engineering courses.

·        Establish training for 1200 women drivers on basic vehicle maintenance

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