At least 300 women have been empowered with skills in tailoring and fashion design by the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Ikoyi, Lagos for economic self-reliance.

The Church which has been concerned about the economic wellbeing of the community within which it operates has sustained the programme for about 14 years.

Coordinator of the Church's Sewing Institute, Ezekiel Wulapba at its 2018 graduation ceremony said the programme was designed to improve self-reliance and fight unemployment that breeds crime in the society.

He further stated that the programme was part of the Church's social responsibility.

Presenting the training certificates to the graduates, Leading Pastor of the Church and Proprietor of the Institute, Rev. Gideon Bondurang lauded the initiative by its founders.

Reading from the Bible book of Genesis 2:15, 2 Thessalonians 3:10 and 1 Timothy 5:8, the cleric condemned laziness as unscriptural.

According to him, God is pleased with people who are gainfully engaged in ventures that add value to life within their communities.

"The Bible is against laziness.

"If you are not creating wealth, you are scattering it.

"If you are just a consumer, you are a destroyer.

"If you are not doing anything helpful to yourself, you are destroying even that which you have," he said.

He therefore charged Nigerians to always take advantage of every opportunity to make an impact in the society.

He equally assured of the Church's readiness to always create opportunities for its members to be gainfully employed.