A total of one hundred and fifty women and youths in Maiduguri, Borno State, northern Nigeria have been selected to receive vocational training and skills.

The training is sponsored by the Nigerian Air Force Wives Association as part of their self-reliance and poverty alleviation programme.

Selected women for the training include wives of Air Force personnel in the counter-insurgency war, widowed women as a result of war and youths from the host community.

Wives of current serving Air Force personnel were included to encourage self-reliance and help augment their husband’s resources.

Most of the beneficiaries have expressed that life for them have not been easy. Among them is a mother of nine, Rakiya Usman, whose husband was killed in a suicide bomb attack near a mosque, last September.

The prolonged insurgency problem in northeast Nigeria has affected the economy of families, with many living in abject poverty as a result.

There has been a gradual restoration of peace to the region, however, victims are still left with confrontations of poverty and dependency.

Some of the skills chosen for tutelage include tailoring and fashion designing, pastries and baking, soap making and aluminium work amongst other things.

One of the resource persons, Almustapha Yandalu, said there was a plan to secure soft loans from entrepreneurship friendly micro-finance banks while the organisers are expected to present participants with starter packages.

The skill acquisition training is expected to last 10 weeks and beneficiaries would be given starter packs to establish small scale businesses.

Author: Cerebral Lemon