By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
In its efforts to curb street hawking among young girls, the Federation of Muslim women in Nigeria (FOMWAN) is training a number of 200 girls in skills acquisition in Bauchi and Ganjuwa local government areas of the state.
The 5-day training which is in collaboration with MEDA, a Canadian non-governmental organization is being run in four communities at eight centres in the two Local government Areas.
The coordinator of the FOMWAN/MEDA project, Hajiya Fatsuma Aminu Mohammed gave the eight centre of the project where the training is intensively conducted as Miri, Tirwun, Zango, Gudum, Kangere, Soro 1, Soro 11, and Abujan Kwata, revealing that each centre has 25 participants.
According to her, the project has the objective of curbing street hawking among girls while making them self-reliance through the acquisition of skills to fend for a living. It is also to reduce vulnerability among them.
Hajiya Fatsuma Mohammed while conducting newsmen round the training centres weekend said however that the project will assist beneficiaries with the provision of working tools and materials to stand on their feet.
“This activity we are carrying now is entrepreneurship skills training for young girls. The girls were selected from the hands of women who are processing three values change of rice, groundnut and soya-beans”, Fatsuma said.
She explained that the training is designed to enable the girls to be able to add value to whatever their parents are making at home and package it well for marketability.
The coordinator further stated that the project will expose the girls to the rudiments of financial prudency, manage their resources with a view to assist their parents, while when they were married up will have something to sustain themselves.
At the Kangere training centre, the village district head, Alhaji Shehu Abdullahi wholeheartedly welcomed the skills training which, he observed, will go a long way in empowering the participants and their parents economically.
Alhaji Shehu Abdullahi who echoed his people’s support towards such supportive project designed to make them self-reliance, said participants provided by the village has multiplied the training’s demand of 25 for the centre into several folds of 500 applicants for the Kangere centre.
He observed that the training will benefit not only the participants but also the yet unborn in the community who will tap it from their seniors or fore-parents, and commended FOMWAN for the initiative that would boost the economic status of the community.