Economic Services Department

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DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SERVICES

FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

ABUJA

 

NAME OF DEPARTMENT: ECONOMIC SERVICES

Following the restructuring of the Ministry to be fully professionalised, the Economic Services Department was created to serve as a “one stop shop” for the effective development of fundamental ways of discharging economic initiatives with regards to the growing inequality, poverty and violent displacement of Women, Children, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and the Elderly. This has become necessary in order to meet with empowerment objectives; to liberate women and vulnerable groups from abject poverty and reduce gender inequality; to make it easier for the Ministry to seek from its development partners Intervention Funds to execute its empowerment objectives; to facilitate and quicken the dream of Government in meeting the targets of eradicating poverty and unemployment as emphasized in the blueprints of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and vision 20:2020.

STRUCTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Economic Services Department is headed by a Director with vast experience in gender and economic empowerment programmes. He has been heading the Economic Services Division since the creation of the Ministry and was instrumental to the upgrading of its status from a Division to a Department. The Director oversees the day to day running of the Department; initiate policies and implement programmes. For operational purposes, the Department is divided into two Divisions namely:

i.          Cooperatives Division

ii.          Skills Development Division

 OBJECTIVES OF THE ECONOMIC SERVICES DEPARTMENT

       The core objective of Economic Services Department is to coordinate integrated economic service delivery for women and other stakeholders/beneficiaries of the services of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

            The Economic Services Department has the following Mission and Vision Statements geared towards achieving the Goals of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWASD):

 VISION

            To ensure that grassroots women, PWDs, elderly citizens and the vulnerable in Nigeria are economically empowered for self reliance.

MISSION

            To provide training in various skills through established skills acquisition centres; support enterprise development through the provision of credit facilities; promote networking among women entrepreneurs  and provide empowerment materials for vulnerable women, PWDs and the elderly citizens;  across the 36 States of the federation including the FCT.

OVERALL FUNCTIONS

          The functions of Economic Services Department cover the overall key areas of economic empowerment of Women, Children, PWDs and the Elderly Citizens. These functions include;

  • Organizing and assisting in entrepreneurship training for women in the area of marketing, packaging, food processing etc;
  • Encouraging and assisting in the establishment of women co-operatives;
  • Promoting Women’s participation in agricultural/agribusiness activities/ cooperatives etc;
  • Assisting in preparation and analysis of feasibility studies on cooperative projects for women;
  • Promotion of income generation through capacity building activities among women through Arts and crafts; etc.
  • Encouraging participation of women in National and International Trade Fairs and Exhibitions;
    • Managing the Ministry’s Micro-credit schemes for women;
    • Soliciting assistance, loans and credit from financial institutions for women co-operatives;
    • Disseminating information and providing technical support to women cooperatives;
    • General Economic empowerment issues;
    • Re-Integration of VVF Victims;
    • Promoting of Social Safety Nets;
    • Support to Parents for the education of their children;
    • Economic empowerment of the vulnerable; etc.
    • Provision of Grants to Women, Vulnerable Focused NGOs;
    • Promote Women’s Land and property Rights;
    • Support for Women and Gender in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development;
    • Promote establishment of Cottage Industries;
    • Promote establishment of Skills Acquisition Centres for Women/Gender;
    • Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy, etc.

 EXISTING PROJECTS OF THE DEPARTMENT

The existing projects of the Department include the following:

  • Women Fund for Economic Empowerment (WOFEE) -  A fund for grass-roots women cooperatives in Nigeria
  • Business and Development Fund for Women (BUDFOW) – A funding window for women entrepreneurs in Nigeria
  •  Skills Acquisition Centres for Women Empowerment (SACWE) – Multipurpose Centres for training of Women in various fields – in order for them to generate income; improve living standard and in turn reduce poverty in Nigeria.
  • Micro-Credit for Women Entrepreneurs – a Project of ECOWAS Gender Development Centre in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
  • Empowerment of Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF) Patients to ensure that they acquire skill(s), become self reliant, be gainfully employed and able to generate income
  • Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities to ensure that they are able to network, acquire skill(s), become self reliant, be gainfully employed and able to generate income
  • Provision of empowerment materials for vulnerable women in the society who have been confirmed to be in difficult situations.
  • Capacity building of women entrepreneurs for improved productivity
  • Promotion of Cooperative development as it relates to women, PWDs, etc.
  • The supply of food processing machines/equipment to Women in Agriculture to assist in reducing post harvest losses, ensure preparation and contribute to the achievement of food security at affordable prices, reduce drudgery, time and energy wasted in processing agricultural products.

 OTHER ACTIVITIES.

  • Participation at national and international trade fairs where products especially those made by women are showcased.
  • Participation at Local and International Workshops/Conferences on Economic Empowerment for women and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) whose activities focus on Women and Vulnerable groups in the Society.
  • Study Tours to Local and Foreign Institutions that implement Programmes/Projects that focus on Economic Empowerment especially for women to learn best practices for adoption by the Ministry.
  • Capacity building of Departmental Staff in the area of Economic Empowerment for improved performance in their jobs.
  • Periodic monitoring and evaluation of established projects/programmes of the Department, etc.

PAST EVENTS:

WORKSHOP FOR MEMBERS OF THE STATE MANAGEMENT TEAM (SMT) ON EFFECTIVE COORDINATION OF WOMEN FUND FOR ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT (WOFEE)

  • The Department organized workshops with the title Effective Coordination of Women Fund for Economic Empowerment (WOFEE) for members of the State Management Team (SMT) in the South-South Zone, Edo State from 19th – 20th June, 2013 at Randekhi Royal Hotel, Benin-City, Edo State and in the North Central Zone, Niger State from 16th - 19th December, 2013 at Doko Hotel, Minna, Niger State. The workshops were organized with the major objective to create better understanding of the scheme, a forum for clear delineation of responsibilities of each member and to brainstorm on critical issues to the success of the scheme for sustainable development.  The workshops also discussed on how to recycle the funds repaid so that more rural women cooperatives can benefit.

 

THE HONOURABLE COMMISSIONER, MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, NIGER STATE HAJIYA HASSAN J. ADAMU REPRESENTED BY THE DIRECTOR (WOMEN AFFAIRS) MRS. RAHAMAH l. BAWA, DELIVERING HER WELCOME ADDRESS

 

 GROUP PHOTOGRAPH OF PARTICIPANTS

PARTICIPANTS AT GROUP DISCUSSION DURING THE WORKSHOP

 

 QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION WITH RESOURCE PERSON FROM BANK OF AGRICULTURE (BOA), MRS LADI OKAFOR AT THE WORKSHOP

COMMISSIONING OF MULTIPURPOSE SKILLS ACQUISITION CENTRES ESTABLISHED BY THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, ABUJA, NIGERIA

The Department organized the commissioning of the Skills Acquisition Centre in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State.  The Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Zainab Maina, CON, FCIA commissioned the centre on the 10th December, 2013. She also commissioned the Skills Acquisition Centre in Iludun-Oro, Kwara State on Friday, 6th June, 2014. 

THE HON. MINISTER OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT HAJIYA ZAINAB MAINA CON, FCIA CUTTING THE TAPE, DECLARING THE SKILLS ACQUISITION CENTRE, BIRNIN KEBBI, KEBBI STATE, OPEN

 THE PROJECT COORDINATOR, ACTING DIRECTOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR. OLOWOOFOYEKU J.OLUSOJI, TAKING THE DIGNITARIES ON A TOUR OF THE CENTRE

  MULTIPURPOSE BUILDING AT THE SKILLS ACQUISITION CENTRE, BIRNIN KEBBI, KEBBI STATE

 

PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING A TYPICAL FASHION DESIGNING HALL AT A SKILLS ACQUISITION CENTRE

PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING A TYPICAL FASHION DESIGNING HALL AT A SKILLS ACQUISITION CENTRE

 PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING A STANDARD HAIR DRESSING/BARBING SALOON AT A SKILLS ACQUISITION CENTRE

 

PARTICIPATION AT THE 4TH AFRICA-DUBLIN ECONOMIC FORUM

The Ministry participated in the 4th Africa-Dublin Economic Forum Dublin 2014.  The title of the program was “Invest Nigeria” in which investment opportunities focused on Power, Education, Agriculture, Communication, Construction sectors, etc.  The forum provided opportunity to share information on the activities of the Federal Ministry of Woman Affairs and Social Development; it was also used for exchange of ideas and networking with other stakeholders.


PARTICIPATION OF NIGERIA’S DELEGATION AT D-8 MEETING ON RURAL WOMENEMPOWERMENT

 The Honourable Minister, Hajiya Zainab Maina, CON, FCIA led Nigeria’s delegation to the“D-8 Meeting on Rural Women Empowerment” on 17th – 20th November 2014 in Tehran, Iran The meeting was hosted by the Agriculture Bank of Islamic Republic of Iran. Other participants included Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran (Host), Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

THE HON. MINISTER OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT HAJIYA ZAINAB MAINA CON, FCIA BEING INTERVIEWED BY A REPORTER AT THE MEETING

 

The Hon. Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Hajiya Zainab Maina’s (CON, FCIA) courtesy visit to Nami Nik Nahad Industrial Bakery (Cenan Bakery) during the D-8 Meeting on Rural Women Empowerment, Tehran, Iran, 19th November, 2014

 Middle: The Hon. Minister, Hajiya Zainab  Maina, CON, FCIA; Left: The Ambassador, His Excellency, Tukur Mani (Tafarkin Katsina) and some Members of Staff of the Nami Nik Nahad Industrial Bakery (Cenan Bakery)


 The Hon. Minister Hajiya Zainab Maina’s, (CON, FCIA) courtesy visit to the Vice President of Women and Family Affairs, Iran Her Excellency, Dr. Shahindokht Molaverdi during the D-8 Meeting on Rural Women Empowerment, Tehran, Iran, 20th November, 2014

Middle-left: The Hon. Minister, Hajiya Zainab Maina, CON, FCIA;

Middle-right: Vice President of Women and Family Affairs, Iran Her Excellency, Dr. Shahindokht Molaverdi

 The Hon. Minister Hajiya Zainab Maina’s, (CON, FCIA) courtesy visit to the Vice President of Women and Family Affairs, Iran Her Excellency, Dr. Shahindokht Molaverdi during the D-8 Meeting on Rural Women Empowerment, Tehran, Iran, 20th November, 2014

 
2015 CIVIL SERVICE WEEK CELEBRATION

 The Chairman Federal Civil Service Commission Deaconess Joans Ayo, OON  presenting the presidential Merit Award to Acting Director Economic Services, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development Mr. James Olusoji Olowoofoyeku on 25th June, 2015 at the conference hall, State House Abuja on behalf of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR

 

 

COLLABORATION BETWEEN UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (UNIDO) AND THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ON LEARNING INITIATIVE FOR ENTREPRENEURS (LIFE) ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROJECT                       

                         

The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, through the Department of Economic Services, is collaborating with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to implement a project titled “Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (LIFE)”. The project initiated by UNIDO is to help young upcoming entrepreneurs and those who are already into business to expand their businesses and create employment for others.

The activity will be implemented on the basis of counterpart funding and its main objective is to generate more job employment after the training. The main role of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in the implementation of the project is to help identify trainees from women Cooperative Groups, Persons with Disabilities and Vulnerable successfully trained and empowered through projects such as Business and Development Fund for Women (BUDFOW) and Women Fund for Economic Empowerment (WOFFEE).

 Other collaborating partners on the project will include Bank of Industry (BoI), National University Commission (NUC), Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Federal Ministry of Youth Development.

 

COURTESY VISIT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA TRADERS – ABUJA CHAPTER (WOMEN WING) TO THE PERMANENT SECRETARY FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, DR. EZEKIEL O. OYEMOMI FCA, NPOM HELD AT MINISTRY’S CONFERENCE ROOM, ON 2ND SEPTEMBER ,2015.

  The National Association of Nigerian Traders – Abuja Chapter (Women Wing) an outfit under the umbrella body of National Association of Nigerian Traders comprising of women traders and entrepreneurs with the objective of promoting trade and economic development by exploring possible linkages between production and distribution of made in Nigeria goods.

    Ten (10) representatives of the Association led by the women leader, Mrs. Ruth Agbo, paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry on 2ND September, 2015 and were received by Director, Women and Gender Affairs Department, Mrs. Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia on behalf of the Permanent Secretary.

      The leader of the organization, Mrs. Ruth Agbo, shared the challenges women faced in accessing micro credit facilities, healthcare, social welfare and skill acquisition centers and called on the Ministry to assist in inclusion of women traders in national development and capacity programs.

     The organization was informed of the Ministry’s programs such as BUDFOW, WOFEE and skills acquisition centers located across the states of the Federation. Also the Ministry has a mandate to register and accredit women groups, create awareness on rights of women and children and participate in programs organized by international organizations. 

Representatives of National Association of Nigerian Traders, Abuja chapter and members of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development

 

 COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT WITH COFFEY NIGERIA LIMITED ON GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT IN STATES (GEMS4) PROJECT

The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has signed an MoU with Coffey Nigeria Limited on Growth and Employment in States (GEMS4) project on wholesale and retail sector. The initiative is to provide business opportunity linkages, stimulate market incentives and facilitate policy as well as regulation revisions especially for grass-root women entrepreneurs. The project is funded by DFID and implemented by Coffey International development (Coffey Nigeria Limited).

The mandate of Coffey Nigeria Limited is to stimulate market system changes that encourages growth resulting in the creation of 10,000 new jobs and increase income for 500,000 people mainly women and vulnerable groups. The project will be implemented in Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and Cross River states. Intervention shall be extended to other states of the federation in due course.

Gender and women economic empowerment is an integral part of national development and the federal government is interested in ensuring that there is increased opportunity for business income generation and profit oriented activities specifically targeted at women and vulnerable groups in the society. The GEMS4 project has identified lack of awareness on market system, information on opportunities, cultural, social and religious limitations as factors that have reinforced poverty amongst women.

The Ministry has established the Economic Services Department for effective development of economic initiatives targeted at women, children, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and elderly. In order to meet the empowerment objective of liberating these target groups from abject poverty and reducing gender inequality, the ministry seeks from its development partner’s intervention funds to execute its empowerment initiative. The overall objective is to eradicate poverty and unemployment in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Vision 20:2020

 

The Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development Dr Ezekiel O. Oyemomi and representatives of Coffey Development International signing the MOU for GEMS4 project

 

Members of staff of  the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and Coffey Development International Representatives at the MOU signing

 COURTESY VISIT OF THE CENTRAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE ON AFRIFOODS & DRINKS FESTIVAL TO THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ON 30th SEPTEMBER, 2015

      The chairman Board of Trustees AFRICON Sir F. James, during his visit to the Ministry said that the nation’s economy is gradually diversifying from oil dependency to Agriculture and Tourism. The Afrifood & Drink festival designed to showcase Nigerian cuisine, foods and culture; is going to be a 7-day program, subsequently to be organized yearly. The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is one of the Ministries identified to be in the forefront to coordinate the program, some of the collaborating Ministries and Agencies include: Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and investment, Foreign Affairs and Lagos state government, along with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises Development of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and NAFDAC amongst others.

    The Chief coordinator AFRIFOOD & DRINKFEST Mr. Segun Ola-Oyedeji said all African food, drinks, beverages and allied products festival is an economic rejuvenating project to widen the scope of investment opportunities in Nigeria. It will also promote and market the development of Agriculture and Tourism in the nation’s economic rejuvenation program. Afrifood & Drinkfest will attract tourist from all works of life worldwide into Nigeria and the neighboring African countries, to play an effective role in the tourism industry and also serve as a catalyst for attracting foreign investment, forge business links between the participants for future endeavors into the international drinks and foods market. The program will provide economic empowerment, job creation, income generating investment that will boost the economy of the nation, enhance the livelihood of the poor in the society thereby reducing poverty, and finally to encourage tourism in Nigeria.

     The Permanent Secretary of The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development) Dr. Ezekiel O. Oyemomi in response to the organizers, enlightened them briefly on the mission of the Ministry, Departments and their functions as relate to economic and social development of women, children and vulnerable groups in the society. The scheduled program should be business oriented to ensure the following:

  • Showcasing of the latest technologies on preservation and processing of food and drinks
  • Networking and creating and enabling environment for partnership
  • Involvement of local cottage industries
  • Business profiling including packaging, patenting and linkages.

 

The permanent Secretary Dr. Ezekiel O. Oyemomi was recognized with an award of excellence by Afrifood and Drinkfest. While thanking the organizers for the award, the Permanent Secretary dedicated the award to the entire management staff of the ministry for a job well done

Members of the Central Organizing Committee for Afrifoods and Drinkfest with  management staff  of The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development

COLLABORATION

The Department is willing to collaborate with organizations from the public, private sectors and development partners.

 Kindly contact us for inquiries: 

OUR CONTACT ADDRESS

ECONOMIC SERVICES DEPARTMENT

FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

FEDERAL SECRETARIAT COMPLEX

PHASE 1, ANNEX III, SHEHU SHAGARI WAY, MAITAMA,

P.M.B 229, GARKI, ABUJA, NIGERIA.

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FAX: (234) – 9- 5233644

Website: www.womenaffairs.gov.ng

 

 

ORGANOGRAM – DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SERVICES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                               
     
                   
     
         
 

 

 

PRINCIPAL (WOMEN COOPERATIVES)

 

 

 

PRINCIPAL (EXPORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME)

 

 

 

PRINCIPAL (EMPOWERMENT OF VULNERABLE)

 

 

 

 

PRINCIPAL (MICRO- CREDIT) WOFEE

 

 

PRINCIPAL (MICRO- CREDIT) BUDFOW

 

 

PRINCIPAL (MICRO- CREDIT) ECOWAS

 

 

PRINCIPAL (WOMEN IN AGRIBUSINESS)

 

 

PRINCIPAL (WOMEN COOPERATIVES)

 

 

 

                                                                                               

                                                                                                                               

 

STAFF STRENGTH

The Department commenced operation with 35 officers.

 

 

International Donors

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