Bauchi State Government through the islamic secutity enforcement body, “HISBA” an agency under Shari’a Commission in partnership with National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has commenced training of 575 commercial sex worker’s in the state.
The Chairman of the HISBA, Barrister Aminu Balarabe Isa, while speaking during the Flag off ceremony of the skills aquasation program, at Bayan Gari area, Tufun Wada Dan’iya ward, Monday in Bauchi, said the aims of the programme was to equipped the commercial sex worker’s with the necessary skills with a view to empowered them to become self employed.
Adding, that the training programme was also part of the Governor promised during campaign to provide the prerequisite vocational skills to the trainees and empower them to achieve self-sustanability and independence.
He further disclose that the training was designed for only 3 months in areas of; tailoring, hair dressing, make-up, catering, cosmetology, poultry and fishery, computer literacy and micto enterprise enhancement, and participants would be provided with vocational equipments and capital to enable them to establish some micro business for self to achieve self reliance.
In speech, the National Directorate of Employment.
In speech, the Coordinator NDE, Yaya Ali Bauchi State, ably represented by the Director of Programmes, Mal Jamilu Adamu, thanked the state government for initiating the program and urged the participants to pay more attention and be committed during the training program.
According to him, said only those who participated actively during the training program will be rewarded with a certificate and vocational equipments and capital assistants.
On his part, the Commissioner, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Umar Babayo Kesa, also called on the participants to make good use of the opportunity to learn during the training period.
Earlire, the chairman Bauchi State Shari’a Commission, Sheik Mustapha Baba Ilelah said the commission pray and hope’s that by end of the training, most of the commercial sex worker’s will leave their old ways of life and embrace the skills acquired during the training to be more productive to the society.
Telegraph intervew with some of the commercialsexworker’s,
Aisha Isa, aged 28, from Tudun Wada in Jos, Plateau state, commended the HISBA and government for remembering them to bring such a good empowerment programme.
Lamenting on their situation, said “Most of us here, we found ourselves in this business not just because of our wishes, but because is a destiny, and we are all praying that one day we’ll be with our parents and love one’s”
“I’ve married before, but now if I will get a good man, I will still going to marry him, I am appealing to the government apart from the training they should also get us good husband for us to marry”, she said.
In a vote of thanks, Maman Iyabo a women leader in the area, said they were happy with the initiative, because they have been waiting for this kind of gesture for morethern 20 years back, she also appealed to the government to provide more social and infrastructural development to the area as most of their children could not afford to go to school.
Jamilu Barau Bauchi