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Tinubu’s Minister Attacked For Empowering Women With Sewing Machines, Keke


Nigerians on social media have slammed the Minister for Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy Ohanenye under President Bola Tinubu-led administration for the distribution of sewing machines and tricycles to women in a bid to reduce unemployment.

This comes after Tinubu’s minister, Ohanenye via her verified X handle on Tuesday night, November 7, announced that the tricycles and sewing machines will be released to women as part of her women’s empowerment program.

The minister while speaking to newsmen said that the program will reduce unemployment as women will be able to feed their husbands and children and also be able to save some money.

On her X handle, she wrote

‘’In practical fulfilment of my earlier resolve to reduce the rate of unemployment and also to ensure sustainable empowerment of women is the Introduction of the Pink Riders Transport Scheme and upgrade of our sewing factory.

“Today, I received the first batch of branded Tricycles and industrial sewing machines.

“The pilot scheme of these machines especially the Pink Riders will start from Abuja before we extend to other states.

“This is an era of walking our talks because Nigeria must succeed.”

However, the minister’s decision came under severe criticism by Nigerians who believe the empowerment programme has been tried by several administration without making the expected impact in the lives of the beneficiaries.

They further wondered if the minister conducted feasibility studies and women consultations before embarking on the project.

They then berated the minister for thinking of tricycles and sewing machines as means to empower women, opining that there are better ways to empower women than giving them tricycles and sewing machines.

Reacting, the Executive Director of Skillup, Chioma Ukpabi said the minister needs to allow women to be part of the decision process so that proper framework would be in place to monitor the implementation process.

She said,

“I like the fact that our minister is actually thinking of empowering women. But sewing machines and just giving tricycles is not solely the solution for women’s empowerment. There are a whole lot of other things. There is more. How many sewing machines are you giving out. How many people are you trying to reach out to? Listening to what she said about women becoming better, women not nagging it sounds funny.”

Head, Scale Up Lab, Fate Foundation, Ijeoma Adesanya said that the minister must show the public how her ministry arrived at the decision and what led to the distribution of sewing machines and tricycle as the best option.

Ijeoma fexplained that the ministry could have conducted a feasibility study to acertain the needs of women before embarking on such projects.

She argued that the project needs an implementation plan, monitoring and evaluation structure that would show the impact of distributing sewing machines and tricycles in the areas of job creation and improvement in their welfare.

Revolutionary Youth in reaction wrote,

“May Keke riders never lack in your generation dear Ma. God bless your kind gesture. We are grateful.”

Another user, Winston Adaete wrote;

“Wait. You are not ashamed o. Like, you are very bold with this Foolishness. “

Ceejay wrote;

“Its like shamelessness is the number one requirement to be in the APC government. Everybody is just shameless at will.”

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