20 women and girls from Sani Mainagge community Gwale local government area Kano benefitted from 7 weeks training on GSM repairs.
The training was organized by center for information technology and development (CITAD), in collaboration with visually ethnographic network (VEN).
Some of the participants who spoke to Radio Nigeria, Rabi Tijjani Ado, and Halimatu Zubairu explained that, they had undergone rigorous training on phone repairs.
They described the training as the first of it’s kind involving women in the state, saying that, many do not believe that women were capable of being phone technicians.
They reiterated their commitment in using the knowledge gained judiciously, to move their communities to international standards.
Earlier in his remarks, the former vice chancellor national open university of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdallah Uba Adamu explained that, the purpose of the training is to empower women to be skillful, knowledgeable and competent.
He stressed that, the 20 selected women dedicated themselves to the training, without a single drop out, saying that, the idea was not for building their technical competence alone,but building the entire community.
Professor Abdalla maintained that, cultural barriers restricts women from taking their phones for repairs, which expose them to hackers, and other unpatriotic activities through third parties or technicians.
” we decided to collaborate with CITAD to train women and build their confidence in GSM repairs”
Earlier, in his welcome address, the executive director CITAD, Enginner Yunusa Zakari Ya’u highlighted that, the trainees would be provided with working tools, to achieve the desired objectives.
He pointed out that, research indicates that, women are more exposed to poverty due to lack of equal opportunities with men, adding that, GSM repairs is one of the major catalysts to reducing unemployment.
“we simplified the process for women by training them to become self reliant and make GSM repairs accessible for women within their communities”
The executive director said, the center would follow up, to ensure adequate utilization of resources and provide solution to any problem that may arise.
Radio Nigeria reports that, the event tagged :closing ceremony of the GSM repairs training for young women and girls of Sani Mainagge community” witnessed large turn out of trainees, organizers and all relevant stakeholders.