Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Women Urged to Be Self Reliant

Nigerian women have been urged to be self reliant and independent so they can take carter for needs and that of their children.

A widow, Rabi Musa Idris who is a mother of nine spoke to Daily Trust in an interview at the stand of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) at the ongoing Kaduna International Trade Fair. She said she is at the fair to make profit to enable her expand her business.

She said "Nigerian women think it is the responsibility of the man to make money to provide for the family, but what they are not thinking about is that they too need to make their own money to take care of themselves and their children"

She noted that she was a student of the NDE adding that after her graduation, she became a teacher where she teaches her students how to make bags and shoes.

"I spent about N3000 to transport my goods from Kano state to Kaduna for the fair and I am grateful to Allah for the small business I have made since I came to the fair on Sunday because out of the 13 bags I brought, there are only three remaining."

Some other items produeced by Rabi are shoes, bags, petroleum jelly, hot bam, face powder, detergents, amongst others.

On the insecurity facing the country which is said to be a big challenge, she said "where ever a person is anything can happen so for people to say that they will not go out and look for their daily bread is not an excuse."

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