The Lagos State government has trained 210 wives of soldiers in various skills to help them become financially independent and augment their family income.
The women, resident in 15 Field Engineers Regiment, Topo Barracks, Lagos, were trained in hair and wig making, fabric stoning and embellishment, cake, snacks and beverage production, soap making, makeup artistry, stove wick and insecticide production, among others.
The state ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation carried out the short-term vocational training through its skill acquisition centre in Badagry.
The exercise was completed on August 26 after an intensive four-week engagement, with the women receiving startup kits to help them get their businesses off the ground immediately.
“With this training…we no longer have to continue distracting our husbands who are currently in the battlefield defending our dear nation against insurgents, bandits and external enemies by always asking our husbands to send us money for feeding and other daily family upkeep,” leader of the women simply identified as Magajia said.