WCDI to employ a total of 700 women this year.

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Patience Jonathan employs 700 women

First lady Patience Jonathan, on Monday, announced that her NGO, Women for Change and Development Initiative (WCDI), would employ a total of 700 women this year.

Jonathan spoke in Abuja on Monday at the landscaping, tree planting and beautification of the Airport Road.

According to her, Kashton Concepts, a private organisation, will be in charge of remuneration of the women during the period.

?I am happy to note that Kashton Concept Ltd. is collaborating with one of my NGOs in this laudable effort to beautify and protect the environment of Abuja,? she said. ?Kashton Concept Ltd. has also requested that the Women for Change and Development Initiative provide 700 women to be employed and paid on this project by the company for at least one year.??

The president?s wife added that the exercise was ?a good approach towards attaining a sustainable environment which is in line with Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals??.

?Indeed, this was the principal subject of the Earth Summit that attracted the whole World to Rio de Janairo, Brazil, in October 2012,? she said. ?It would be seen then that this tree-planting exercise serves the dual purpose of protecting the environment and ensuring the overall well being of man. I also want to urge all state governors? wives to replicate this in their states and encourage wives of local government chairmen to do same in the local government councils.??

Some of the women expressed happiness about the employment opportunity created by the beautification exercise.

Ene Agbo, an applicant from the North Central Zone, said: ?I am happy to be employed even if it is for a short period. My family and I will be empowered for the next one year.??

Amina Auwalu from the North Western Zone, said she had been a grassroots politician for the past ten years, adding that after election, nobody remembered them. ?This is the first time I am benefitting from the government and I am grateful,? she said.

Another employee, Obebem Ugochukwu, from the South-Eastern Zone said that she was affected by the recent flooding. ?I was still thinking of how to pick up the pieces of my life together when this opportunity came. I thank God.??

The 700 women are to be placed on a monthly salary of N20,000.

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