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The Kebbi State Multi Purpose Business Cooperative Union has organized a two day workshop for women to prepare them on the preventive measures against the Covid 19 Pandemic.

The training (cum health awareness) targeted small medium enterprises which is the mandate of the cooperative. The workshop which held on Sunday 18th and Monday 19th April 2020, drew a total of 100 women from across all LGAs of Kebbi state.

They were taught production of hand made cotton face masks and mandated to step down the training to other women in their communities. Each session comprised of 25 women in order to adhere to social distancing.

Her Excellency Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu was in attendance at the last session on Monday 19th April and exchanged pleasantries with participants. She praised the organizers as well as the ladies urging them to stay clean and practice the mask making in their homes to boost their income and reduce community spread of coronavirus. She said this can reduce the negative economic impact of the pandemic on women.

The Chairperson of the KSMC, Haj. Hajara Yusuf Kangiwa kicked off each class with a brief overview of the Cooperative and expected outcomes from the participants. The workshop was held at the conference hall of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Birnin Kebbi under supervision of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Development Hon. Zahrau Wali and the Permanent Secretary State Ministry of Women Affairs Haj. Aisha M. Maikurata.

Haj. Aisha Mohammed Maikurata charged the women to take COVID19 precautions being disseminated seriously and protect their families. She disclosed that the current global predicament necessitated the Wife of the Governor, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu to step down fast and cost effective masks in Kebbi state. She charged the women to make protective face masks to protect their families and also train others in their community.

In addition to the training, a mandatory teaching on general hygiene and awareness on COVID19 was carried out using practical demonstrations and animated video messages in Hausa. The women also received cancer awareness and tips.

Each participant went away with a start up kit with enough material to make 20 masks, a bag of rice as well as certificates of attendance at the Skill Acquisition class.

A few women who spoke on behalf of all the workshop participants expressed gratitude to the Wife of the Governor commending her endless efforts for the sensitization and empowerment carried out by Her Office which had made a huge difference in their various communities.

Hon. Zahrau Wali in her closing remarks reiterated the need to step down training to achieve herd immunity and boost Women Development in Kebbi state. She further Instructed that the stakeholders should monitor and evaluate the outcomes of the women trained. Finally, she reminded the women to adhere to safety measures taught at all times.

President Muhammadu Buhari has made wearing of masks in public mandatory as a means of curbing the coronavirus pandemic. It is on record that Asian Countries like Japan have recorded low prevalence of COVID19. This is thought to be due to mask wearing cultural practices amongst the people even prior to COVID19 outbreak.

Signed :
Special Adviser (SA) Media to Kebbi State Governor

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