By Ummi Ismaeel,
The 31 Artillery Brigade, Nigerian Army, Minna, has trained 183 women and youths under its Vocational Training Initiative (VTI) programme for empowerment in collaboration with Mallam Garba Foundation.
This is part of its measures to create jobs for soldiers’ wives and their children.
Commander 31 Artillery, Minna, Brig-Gen Moshood Jimoh, disclosed this during the graduation of the beneficiaries of the five-day skills acquisition programme on Wednesday.
He said that the initiative was to ensure the family members soldiers left behind were gainfully employed.
His words: “In line with the Chief of Staff’s desire to empower soldiers’ wives, this programme was made possible through collaborative effort with the Mallam Garba Foundation for the training of 183 women and youths inline with the Chief of Army Staff desire to empower soldiers’ families”.
Jimoh said that 53 of the graduates were trained in leather works for shoes and hand bags, 40 trained in hairdressing, 21 in barbing, 52 trained in fashion designing while 17 others were trained in Television satellite installation.
The beneficiaries, who are mostly graduates, the Commander said, were given starter packs (working tools) to start their various trades, including; 53 leather works machine, 52 sewing machines, 40 hairdressing machines, 21 hair barbing clippers and 17 satellite installation tools.
Moshood also said that the training, third in the series, was geared towards keeping women and youths within the barrack community meaningfully engaged to curtail inherent negative vices common with idle minds.
Besides engaging the beneficiaries in useful ventures, the training would ensure that soldiers concentrate in their duties as their families, who by the acquired skill, are already self-reliant and will depend less on the support from them.
While advising the beneficiaries to make maximum utilization of the opportunities created by the training programme to live responsive lives, Moshood said that he expected that they were not just gainfully engaged but become employers of labour soon.
“I will like to see you as future employers of labour”, the Brigade Commander said as he promised to continue with the programme to create jobs and ensure that the women and youths in the barracks live their lives responsibly.
One of the beneficiaries, Hajiya Balarabe Salisu, in appreciation commended the Brigade Commander for the gesture and promised to utilise what the training offered her to better the living conditions of her family.