The Jigawa State Government says it has spent N6.92 million to train 363 women in various income-generating trades in the state.
Alhaji Muhammad Mujaddadi, the Special Assistant to Gov. Muhammad Badaru on Economic Empowerment, made this known in an interview in Dutse on Monday.
Mujaddadi said that the training was sponsored by the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
He explained that 108 women were trained in Beads-Making and were given N20,000.00 each as seed capital to set up their own businesses.
The special assistant added that another set of 108 of women were trained in Stone Work and Embroidery and were also given N25,000.00 each as seed capital.
According to him, 147 women received training in Spices-Making, and were given N15,000.00 each to establish their own businesses.
Mujaddadi said that additional 250 women had been identified for training in leather works (bags and shoes making) and poultry.
He pointed out that the gesture was to develop the capacities of women in entrepreneurship and make them self-reliant economically.
“The gesture is to enable the beneficiaries set up their own businesses, become self-reliant and employers of labour.
“It is also to empower the women to contribute meaningfully to the economic growth of their families, communities and the state.
“Women will be accorded special attention considering the level of their vulnerability in the society,’’ he said.