It was a day of joy for 170 young women trained as mechanics by the Lady Mechanic School of Automative Engineering when they graduated penultimate week in Lagos after undergoing two years of paid training. The hall of the Government Technical College, Agidingbi, venue of the graduation, was teeming with the guests and well wishers who came to felicitate with the young women seeking to make a name in a male-dominated profession.
Mrs Sandra Aguebor, the brain behind the Lady Mechanic Initiative (LMI), was excited that the initiative, which enjoys funding of the MacArthur Foundation, had saved the young women from poverty. She also said LMI was training 90 girls from public secondary school during the long holidays free of charge and urged girls to embrace the initiative.
“The graduation today is a great one. The girls have been empowered and are ready for employment. The school pupils here today can also do some things. We have a long waiting list of people wanting to enroll for our programme. We need to encourage other women; we need to reduce poverty.
“Training of Lady Mechanics is free; we pay these girls to learn. If you want your daughter to be involved, bring her to us and in two years, she will be a star,” she said. In her speech, the Deputy Governor, Mrs Idiat Adebule, who was represented by Mr Olawumi Gasper, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB), thanked Mrs Aguebor for investing in the girls. She counseled the beneficiaries to put their training to good use as a way of giving back. Read more