By Stanley Onyekwere
President, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Abuja, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, has stressed the need for women to always mentor young girls to achieve individual and collective goals, to enable them contribute effectively to the advancement of the society.
Ahmadu, who is the Convener of African Women Conference (AWC) made this point at the launched its Leadership Development Centre in Abuja, also urging women and girls to always cooperate among themselves.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Centre, Ahmadu said the Centre is an initiative of AWC to raise female community leaders in every African country and are committed to ensuring sustainable development of their communities.
According to her; “The leadership development programme was an initiative aimed at bridging the gap and encouraging women to be mentors to the girl-child and assist them through their chosen careers or business enterprises.
“The Leadership Development Centre equips young women and girls with the skills required to take up leadership roles through personal and career growth.
“The Centre provides this group a platform for highly skilled international resource persons who are driving force change across fields to provide training and mentorship for African women and girls living in under-resourced communities thereby enabling them to aspire for excellence and leadership while helping them realise their full potentials.”
She adds: “The Centre achieves this by running a full circle of practical and theoretical impartation which begins with a workshop that enables mentors meet physically with them via group and individual trainings.
“During the workshop, resource persons will work with the mentees to develop individual work plans that will be implemented over a six-months period in their communities. Both parties remain in touch via online and physical platforms during this period.
“After six months, the mentees’ performances are evaluated through a peer review mechanism, the best performing leaders in various sectors are then selected and empowered to do more for their communities.”
Similarly, a Nollywood actress, Tonto Dike, urged the young girls to always be bold, determined and firm in following their dream, assuring them of her commitment women related issues.
“I am proud to be a woman. You can do more and you are enough. Train yourselves and be bold when you meet people and always take a word home whenever you meet people in an event like this,” Dike noted.
On his part, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche while admonishing the female folk said it was time they began to mentor and support themselves.
He advised them to come up with platforms such cooperatives where they could support one another.
Ogbeche also advised them to work with the concept, “One for all and all for one.”
He stressed that leadership represented service and a women was about service, hence the need for women to be given more space in politics and governance.