The Kebbi State Multipurpose Cooperative Union has kicked off a skills training in Jega town on 3rd September 2019 for 100 underprivileged girls so as to give them a purpose in life off the streets. The girls will be taught how to make liquid soaps and air freshness and provided with a start up kit. In addition, personal menstrual hygiene was delivered by health personnel.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, chairperson of the cooperative, Hajiya Hajara Yusuf said the 2 day workshop is the first of 4 planned. The girls were meticulously selected by local civil societies.
She explained that aside from its core entrepreneurship activity, the cooperative in 2019 trained 1000 women in Animal husbandry, Makeup and Catering. Similarly 200 youths received a 2 week ICT training in each of the four Emirates of the state where a computer cafe was established and handed to them.
Recently, 200 women and youth were also trained on produce fabric face masks and hand sanitizer as a preventative measure of Covid 19.
Hajiya Hajara note that the cooperative will continue such workshops and welcomes pato train women and youth in different skills in the state to make them self reliant.
The group sought blessings of Emir of Jega HRH Alhaji Arzika Bawa Jega who commended the program and were also inspected by Chairman Jega LGA Barrister Shehu Marshall who promised to continue the step down. Both dignitaries commended the wife of the Governor, H.E. Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu for initiating the program.
The skills training was carried out by UmmyZarah’s, a Kebbi based young entrepreneur whilst Haj Atune Danga, President of NCWS handled the COVID19 and Menstrual hygiene component. The workshop kicked off with a short business skills talk from Haj Sahura Sani and finally, each girl went away happy with a start up kit to make the items, sanitary towels, and clothing material as incentive.