National Agency for Great Green Wall (NAGGW), a corporation under Federal Ministry of Environment, has trained and empowered youths and women from Jigawa and Kano states, under its Skill Acquisition Training and Empowerment Programme.
The agency is a Federal Government’s outfit “transforming Nigerian drylands, “ especially, the 11 frontline states of NAGGW – Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara – facing challenges of climate change, land degradation and desertification.
NAGGW drives the initiative through ecosystem management; development of natural resources; protection of tangible and intangible rural heritage; development of rural production; and improvement of livelihoods.
The training, held at the agency’s Afforestation Programme Coordinating Unit (APCU) Complex on Jambulo Road, in Kano, is intended to create alternative streams of livelihoods to reduce pressure on the land and ecosystem.
Minister of Environment Dr. Muhammed Abubakar kicked off the training, which was coordinated by NAGGW’s Director-General Dr. Bukar Hassan.
The minister said the training was the first northern intervention, noting that the Federal Government lined up over 2,000 to be trained in batches.
Dr Abubakar said the programmer would remove idle youths from streets to reduce banditry, kidnapping, insurgency, robbery and other vices.
“This training is one of our programmes at rewriting the ugly narratives of Nigeria’s northern region that has been plagued by heinous crimes…‘’ the minister said.
Participants were trained in three enterprises – Commercial Tailoring Practice; Commercial Knitting Practice; and Commercial Soap & Perfume Making Technology.
The training was conducted in Hausa, Fulfude, Kanuri and English languages for ease of instruction by resource persons and the quick assimilation of trainees.
Theoretical impartation was followed by practicals, and hands-on demonstrations by trainees in groups and individually.
Participants in Commercial Tailoring Practice, after the instruction, produced skirts, blouses, gowns, hijabs, trousers, shirts and children’s wears.
Beneficiaries in Commercial Knitting Vocation later made socks, cardigans, trousers, Igbaja, jackets, shawls, sweaters, caps etc.
Trainees in Soap and Perfume Making learnt eight commercially viable products – Multipurpose liquid soap, car wash, dish wash, shampoo, body perfume, air freshener, anti-dandruff hair cream and quick action pain relief balm.
Starter packs specific to each vocation were given out – Sewing machines with kits, Knitting machines, accessories and tools for Soap and Perfume Making.
Songhai Timbuktu Limited, which carried out the training, distributed professional competence certificates to participants.
Director of Department of Rural and Extension Services at NAGGW Mr. Mhusaya Chindaba urged participants not to sell their starter packs and use skills learnt to impact their families, communities and states.