By Modupe Gbadeyanka About 100 women in Lagos State have been empowered with working equipment by the Nigerian Army Officers\u2019 Wives Association (NAOWA). This, it was gathered, is part of its objectives to raise women\u2019s standard of living. The beneficiaries were presented with the equipment to work with by the National President of NAOWA, Mrs Umma-Kaslum Buratai at the Ojo Cantonment, Lagos. Mrs Buratai said she was pleased that the women and youths living in the barracks were beneficiaries of the laudable entrepreneurship initiative. \u201cNAOWA\u2019s Empowerment Initiative is thriving considering government\u2019s drive to encourage local production and reduce importation of goods into the country. In view of this, NAOWA engaged the services of well-trained instructors who are conversant with the barrack\u2019s mentality, interest and people. \u201cThis certainly made the learning environment conducive as the participants were trained for two weeks on a familiar terrain and in various fields such as catering and hotel management, fashion and textile, cake, bead and soap making as well as barbing salon and hair dressing,\u201d Mrs Buratai said. She reiterated that the decision of NAOWA to assist and empower women was aimed at reducing joblessness. \u201cThere is no job so we deemed it necessary to train these people so that they can start up something on their own,\u201d the NAOWA President stressed. The renovated NAOWA\u2019s Nursery and Primary School at the Cantonment was also inaugurated. \u201cThe renovation is part of the contributions the association is making to provide good schools in the barracks\u2026This is because education is the key to development and there is no better investment we can make other than investing in education, to ensure that our children are educated in a conducive environment. \u201cOn my assumption of office as the NAOWA president, I paid a visit to this school and the learning condition of the school was deplorable. It was against this background that we decided to renovate the school and we are going to extend this exercise to other parts of the country,\u2019\u2019 she explained. The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode said she was impressed with the renovation and the empowerment initiative. Mrs Ambode stated that NAOWA, a progressive association had been able to take care of women, children and youths. \u201cThe association has continually complemented the efforts of both state government and the Nigerian government towards improving the lives of members of their dependants,\u2019\u2019 she added. Mrs Ganiat Bolaji represented the wife of the Lagos State Governor at the event. One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Yahaya Isa expressed her gratitude to the association for empowering her and promised to make good use of the equipment. Another beneficiary, Kadijat Umar, thanked the NAOWA President for the initiative, saying that it was a way out of the unemployment problem. Some of the equipment given to the beneficiaries were sewing machines, hair clippers, hair dressing equipment, among others.