A non-governmental organization, Mineke Foundation over the weekend launched its Women’s Club aimed at building women’s skills in the country to ensure that they support themselves.The national coordinator for Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women at the Gender Ministry, Dominic Massaquoi said such a program needs the full support of the (Gender) ministry to decentralize its activities. “It is the obligation of women to take this project into their hearts as it will usher them into a marketable state in the future,” Massaquoi told them. He told the women that the institution is helping them to take advantage of the job market.“Women are potential people not quantity, but [you all] need to put more time to your training,” he urged them.He promised the women the ministry’s full support to extend the program across the Barnesville Community to benefit more residents, especially the women. Also speaking, Coordinator of the Mineke Foundation Bukola Ayoola said lack of women’s empowerment across the Gardnerville Township is a major problem.“We will invest more resources to make women contributors in the homes, and in their society through this skills training program,” she assured the participants.She said since the beginning of the women’s club more people have benefitted and the interest is growing among the community of women. Ms. Ayoola further said the increase in economic hardship has made it difficult for many women, especially the unskilled to succeed easily in Liberia.“We will tackle these hardships with vocational training courses, giving our women a brighter future and skills to start their own businesses,” she said, adding that courses offered focus on self responsibility, learning skills and teamwork.She noted that building the skills of women with the right economic approach and entrepreneurial knowledge makes them accountable to transform their lives.“An optimistic, practical and independent woman positively impacts her community, nation, family which is the basis for every developed country,” she emphasized.According to Ms. Ayoola, the women’s club was initiated this year with more them 60 women benefiting in soap making, pastries and vocational courses.She disclosed that currently there are about 40 women undergoing career training in the three-month soap making and nine month pastries course in the vocational school. Gardnersville Township Commissioner, Vamba F. Kenneh appreciated the foundation for the good work and appealed that they should extend it in other parts of the township.“I hope that these women will make this project as their first life priority in order to improve their own livelihood,” he added. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Route 44 minibus conductor was on Saturday evening found hanging under his two-storey Central Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home.Dead is 31-year-old Frank Fordyce, called “Monty” of Lot 31 Farm, Mahaicony. His body was discovered around 21:20h on Saturday by a neighbour.According to information reaching Guyana Times, Fordyce’s next-door neighbour, Atherly Beaton, noticed the conductor under the house and shortly after he realised that the man was hanging from a piece of rope.The Police were summoned and on arrival, they found Fordyce’s shirtless andDead: Frank “Monty” Fordycebarefooted body hanging by the neck. Upon further inspection of his body, no marks of violence were found. As such, investigators are treating the matter as a suicide.Relatives of the now dead man reportedly told the Police that they were unaware if the bus conductor was having any problems. At the time of his death, Fordyce was living alone.A former employer, a minibus driver, told this publication that Fordyce had stopped working with him about a month ago and was conducting another bus. He related that after receiving news of his former employee’s death, he went to his home.“I was on the road when I hear, so I go to the house and it had a lot of people there already … the Police was there too… I don’t know why he do something like this; I really can’t say,” the man told this newspaper.Guyana Times was further told that Fordyce was last seen alive about 20 minutes prior to the discovery of his body.He was removed and taken to the Mahaicony Hospital, where he was confirmed as dead by an on-duty doctor.The body is at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination, which is expected to be conducted today.