As Lagos State records increase in the cases of residents that have tested positive to the dreaded corona virus pandemic, and against the backdrop of the scarcity of hand sanitizer in the market, an Ikorodu born federal lawmaker, Hon Babajimi Benson has facilitated a practical hand sanitizer and liquid soap making training programme for residents of Ikorodu federal constituency.
The training programme, organised by I-Care Foundation in collaboration with Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority in Ikorodu had about 250 Ikorodu constituents, comprising of unemployed youths, young and some older women in attendance.
Addressing the participants, Mayor Deen Sanwoola noted that the training was organized in order to promote precautionary measures needed to curtail the the spread of the Covid-19 disease in Ikorodu federal constituency.
‘You all know what is happening around the world now. We have organized this special training programme as a strategic intervention meant to teach you how to produce hand sanitizer and liquid soap as a way of promoting the practice of regular hand-washing and use of hand sanitizer among residents’,
Sanwoola added that, since hand sanitizer has become an essential commodity, owing to the spread of the corona virus, participants can now go back to their various communities and neighbourhood and produce hand sanitizers and liquid soap for sale in their communities.
‘Apart from providing opportunity for participants to make extra-income from the sales of the hand sanitizers and liquid soap, we have also succeeded in further promoting the practice of hand-washing among Ikorodu residents, as the locally made sanitizers will be readily available and at affordable price too’, he added.
Yomi Ajayi, a female participant at the training noted that, the training has added tremendous value to her knowledge base and has opened her up to a unique opportunity to make money at this crucial time, while in her own little contributing towards curtailing the spread of coronavirus disease, by making affordable sanitizers for the use of the masses.
The 3-day training programme also featured practical trainings in the production of other household products like air freshener and paint production among others.
Participants were also presented with certificates of participation and financial grant as seed fund to enable them commence the production and sale of the items without any delay.