From Ahmed Idris Birnin Kebbi
In its efforts to complement the State Government, the Kebbi State Multipurpose Cooperative has commenced the productions of face masks in order to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the state.
The production which is in collaboration with the Kebbi State Ministry of Women Affairs is aimed at supporting the state government in the fight against the menace.
The workshop which was organized by the State Multi-Purpose Business Cooperative Union is a two days training workshop for women and also sensitise them on preventive measures against the Covid- 19 pandemic.
“The aim is to boost Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) which is part of its mandate, a workshop was held on Sunday 18 and Monday 19th April 2020 for a total of 100 women from across the 21 local government areas of the state,” he added
The women were taught how to produce hand made cotton face masks and mandated to step down the training to other women in their respective communities.
Each session comprised of 25 women in order to adhere to social distancing preventive measure.
Addressing the participants, the Chairperson of the Cooperative, Hajiya Hajara Yusuf Kangiwa said the outcomes are expected from the participants after the workshop held at the conference hall of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Birnin Kebbi.
Hajiya Aisha Mohammed Maikurata, Permanent Secretary State Ministry for Women Affairs in her opening remarks, charged the women to take precautions against the COVID19 pandemic.
She said it was because of the current global predicament that the Wife of the Governor, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu felt it necessary to find a cost effective and quick ways of making masks in the state.
She said the women after the training can hand-sew masks to protect their families and also train others in their community.