By Frederick Peters, Kaduna
The Women’s Interfaith Council,(WIC) has trained and donated start-up materials to empower 40 Muslim/ Christian Women and youth,in Kasuwan Magani,Kufena and Kajuru through her Skill acquisition initiative.
The group believed that by this act of love and charity of empowering the Woman our society will be empowered too and peace also assured owing to the strategic position of a woman in the home.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony of deserving beneficiaries at Kasuwan magani,on Monday,the Executive Director, Rev..Sr.Veronica Onyeanisi,OLA,said “we are here to celebrate those we trained on skill acquisition, 40 women,consisting of 20 Muslims and 20 Christians and to give them start-up materials for their business”
According to her, the initiative is to help the people pick up the pieces of their lives after the unfortunate crises in the area ” Kasuwan magani is one of crises prone communities and we have been working with them in order to bring peace in K/magani,and its environs of Kajuru and Kufana
“because most of the time,women are neglected in peace building, so we feel that if women are involved in peace building things will go better,so we have trained them in capacity building and also have to empower them to have something to sustain their families”Adding that, when they are able to sustain their families they will be able to have a voice in the society.
Impressed by the exhibition of items produced by they trainees,after their 2 weeks training, the Director noted that,’they are happy and the community leaders are happy also that they women are coming out and we want more women to be involved”
She further called on they women to domesticate the group in their community, saying, ” we told them that the skill acquisition is not the end,they should come together and form the interfaith forum, where to discuss issues instead of allowing it escalate into conflicts”she stressed
Similarly, a member of the executive council, Chairperson Finance committee,Hajia Hauwa Magayaki,while describing the training and now the empowerment of they women said “we thank God and we give Him the glory; the last time we came and empower them, crises came and everything was destroyed
“so we did all we could to come back today to empower them,so am happy to see the joy in their faces, so we thank God for them”I will encourage them to remain peaceful,if they are Peaceful they will be able to do business in that climate, and when they are peaceful everything will move smoothly for them”
She urged them “to encourage their husbands to live in peace in their communities as well as their children” she added
On her part, the Women Leader CAN,Kasuwan magani,Mrs Rachael lkumah,speaking in Hausa said, they are grateful to God for the gift of WIC and its kind gesture to Women in K/magani, kajuru local government,saying it is for the good of the family and society and aimed at strengthening peaceful coexistence.
The Chief Imam of Kasuwan Magani, Alh. Nuhu Shaaban,speaking in Hausa also expressed satisfaction with the visit and gesture.According to him, any person or group able to train people to attain religious, Modern and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge is truly a true friend,hence his commendation to WIC in this regard.
According to him, poverty is a catastrophe and people can get out of it by having a skill or business. While alluding the persistent crises to poverty,he called on they women to make good use of materials provided. He urged all stakeholders in the local government to join hands in rebuilding the community and restore its glory.
One of the Muslim beneficiaries, Mallama Rakiba Ibrahim, Said, she was trained on how to make Chin-chin,Doughnuts, Fish pie,pancake and other confectioneries,which she has been able to replicate and present today,thanks to WIC,She then called on her colleagues to come and join the Cooperative to benefit too.
ln the same vein,another beneficiary and Secretary of the Cooperative,Mrs Catherine Clement,while describing her appreciation said “honestly, am very happy because of the help WIC rendered to us,the want to make our homes a better place
While urging women who are yet to join the Cooperative to do so, that all hands can be on deck to move their community towards peace and development.