BY CHIOMA UMEHA
In Bauchi state, a total of 30 women were trained in the production of hygienic goods for the management of COVID-19 dangers. The federal government, through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Bauchi State, hosted a one-day workshop titled "Building Women Economic Resilience for Inclusive Recovery."
The training was conducted as part of the Ministry's Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) program, which was a cooperation between the Ministry and QUB Resources Limited, Abuja. Mrs Lydia Shehu, a representative of QUB Resources Limited, stated during the session that the goal of the course was to increase personal protection, improve personal cleanliness, and protect family members from infections and viruses, among other things.
"The goal is for them to master the skills and use them as a source of income." They will increase their salary and will also be obliged to train other women. We were fortunate to have a knowledgeable and resourceful resource person for the training, which contributed to the exercise's richness and effect." She said
Mrs Lydia said that there was a COVID-19 epidemic in the recent past, and many people were affected, with some losing their lives. According to her, the Federal Ministry for Women Affairs, chaired by Dame Pauline Tallen, coordinated the Women's Economic Empowerment Workshop for the creation of sanitary goods for the management of COVID-19 dangers.
"Women and children are the most affected in most pandemics or disease burdens, and the Federal Ministry, in its wisdom, decided to conduct this training to the states in Nigeria, and Bauchi state is one of them. These women are taught to make hygienic products like liquid soap, hand sanitizers, Dettol, and Izar," she explained.
The representative went on to say that the skills taught were not capital-intensive, and that trainees could start their businesses with little. However, she encouraged the trainees to put their new talents to use and pass on their expertise to other women in the state.
Two beneficiaries, Mrs Abigael Yusuf and Rukayat Uthman, expressed their gratitude to the Minister for Women Affairs for the generous gesture, saying it will help to reduce idleness and poverty in some households.
They claimed that instead of buying those products from the market, they could now make them for themselves and their families, and that they would share their knowledge with their friends and other members of their communities.