Women Empowerment: 2000 Benefit From Sokoto Govt’s Entrepreneurship Training

No fewer that two thousand women have have benefited from
entrepreneurship training organised by Sokoto state government as part
of measures to tackle poverty and reduce unemployment in the state.


women, drawn from across the three senatorial zones of the state, were
taught 48 different small scale businesses ranging from tailoring, soap
making, beads manufacturing, farming, bags and shoe manufacturing and
making of cakes and akara, known locally as kosai.

at the graduation ceremony held in Sokoto, Chairman of the state Zakat
and Endowment Commission, Lawal Maidoki, whose agency coordinated
the training, said women were specifically targeted to ensure high
poverty prevalent in various homes is adequately tackled.

said apart from giving the participants cash grants to serve as start
up capital, working tools were also presented to the beneficiaries.
Mr Maidoki
said government is committed to tackling poverty and creating jobs, and
will continue to engage all stakeholders to ensure the scope of the
training is expanded. 
“Zakat agencies in
the world are now focusing attention on productive zakat. We don’t just
share money to beneficiaries, we encourage them to pick a trade or two
that will enable them become competitive in this ever changing global
landscape,” he said.
The chairman added that the
commission will this week meet with 80 youths trained on shoe making to
explore ways of assisting them gain access to finance from the bank of
Industries and the ethical investment arm of Lotus Capital Ltd.
Maidoki also commended Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal for his constant support to the state Zakat commission

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