A non-governmental body in Nigeria is prepared to graduate the first set of rehabilitated commercial sex workers, who have undergone three months of vocational training, courtesy of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA.
The Society Against Prostitution and Child Labor in Nigeria is partnering with FCTA on the training. A total of N260,000 each will be given to 50 ladies in installments, (about $1,730). At the ceremony, the former sex workers will receive a grant of N100,000 from the administration to enable them start up their own businesses.
The coordinator, Mrs. Grace Adogo, said the ladies will be entitled to another N100,000 after six months following a report of good usage of the initial take off grant by an assessment team. Then they will be given another N60,000 three months after that, bringing the total to N260,000.
The graduation planned for August was postponed to September because of the ongoing Ramadan.
Adogo said the ladies had been able to prove to the administration that with the necessary support and training, they can be very useful to themselves and the society.
She assured that the center will continue to provide rehabilitation and training to repentant commercial sex workers, while urging members of the public to accept and assist the ladies to properly reintegrate into the society and refrain from stigmatizing them.
A cross-section of the trainees expressed appreciation to the FCT administration for the opportunity given to them, saying it had helped them to have another view of life.
They however appealed to the administration to extend the training period for other sets of trainees from three to six months to enable them have a grip of whatever skill they learn before leaving the center.