Coronavirus: USAID trains widows in northeast to produce face masks

Coronavirus: USAID trains widows in northeast to produce face masks

- US Agency for International Development has trained widows in the northeastern part of Nigeria to produce facemasks

- The widows are producing face masks to help protect those in the geopolitical zone from COVID-19

- They will also be trained to produce Ankara shoes and bags, as well as to process food

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Widows in the northeastern part of Nigerian are being supported to produce face masks to help protect those in the geopolitical zone from COVID-19.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Office of Transition Initiatives is behind the training.

After being trained by professional tailors, about 200 women in Maiduguri, Borno state, were able to produce 4,000 masks in a week’s time from Ankara, a traditional fabric.

Coronavirus: USAID trains widows in northeast to produce face masks

The widows are producing face masks to help protect those in the northeast from COVID-19. Photo credit: US embassy.
Source: UGC

The women will also be trained to produce Ankara shoes and bags, as well as to process food.

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In other news, the immediate former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has called on Nigerians to unite amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Dogara said all the country needs is God's protection and blessings, adding that health and life take precedence to anything.

He said: "We are marked with the spirit of exemption and my heart cry is for Psalm 91:7 to become the reality with us all, IJN."

Dogara said what some people write and say on social media pose a grave danger to the unity of the country, adding that those who engage in such should retrace their steps.

He said: "It is like our forbears, who were God fearing men placed a curse on any Zaar Son or daughter that betrays our people. I won’t name names but no one has ever done it and ended well. Those who don’t know should ask.

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"This curse is still in operation like the curse King David placed on mount Gilboa after his soul mate, Jonathan fell there in battle.

May this curse be the portion of anyone or authority in our land that defies the unity of our people and continue posting seditious posts on social media or taking actions that further imperils our unity."

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