By Shittu Tanko
The member representing Jos North Constituency in the Plateau State Assembly, Ibrahim Baba Hassan, has sponsored the training of more than 200 women and youths of his constituency into various vocational skills and entrepreneurship.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the beneficiaries, who were mostly women, were trained in soap, pomade, perfumes and shoe making.
The women were also empowered with N10,000 starter packs by the lawmaker.
Recall that the lawmaker had in the penultimate week carried out a medical outreach on dozens of women, men and children in his constituency, treating them of various illnesses.
He also paid the Joint Admission Matriculation Board, JAMB, registration fees of over 200 students in the constituency.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the trainees, the lawmaker urged the beneficiaries to utilise the opportunity and put into real practice their entrepreneurship so that they could be self-reliant.
“We have spent at least N4000 registration fee to train each of the trainee and, thank God, after one month today we have given them certificate and token of N10,000 as a starter park to do their business,” he said.
He added that soon the second batch of the trainees would commence.
Also speaking, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Jushua Madaki, commended the efforts of his colleague for empowering the women.
He, there and then, launched some of the products manufactured by the trainees with the sum of N50,000.
“Countries the world over are developing because of the small and medium scale entrepreneurship skills. So, this gesture is in the right direction,” he added.
Mr Madaki, therefore, tasked youths, including university graduates, to adopt entrepreneurship as a means of self-employment.
On her part, one of the traineers, Halima Ibrahim of Habibty Foundation, commended the lawmaker for the gesture, saying that more women are in a pressing need of skills and starter parks to pick up small scale businesses.
She expressed optimism that the trainees would practice what was learnt, “because they exhibited commitment during training.”