Kaduna, UNICEF Train Women On Nutrition

Malam Nasir el-Rufai
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From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan
In a bid to improve the living and health standard of members of the Public, the Kaduna State government, in conjunction with UNICEF, has embarked on training women and care-givers on nutrition and gardening.
Speaking in a message to the training workshop for women and care-givers in Kaduna South Senatorial District, held in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Rabi Abdulsalam, urged the women to avail themselves of the training opportunity to improve the wellbeing of their families.
Represented by Mrs Catherine Duniya, the Director of Women Affairs and Gender Affairs of the ministry, the commissioner said the programme was initiated by UNICEF. Having considered the success recorded in the fight against polio in Nigeria, Nutrition should be given due attention to better the healthy growth of children, she added.
The commissioner said observations had shown that most people have available ingredients at their disposal but lack the knowledge on how to prepare food that retain nutrients in them.
Hajiya Tabawa Ikon Allah, one of the resource persons at the workshop, said women do not need large portion of land for gardening, but could use large containers to grow vegetables in their houses.
Mrs Dogo and Mrs Ibrahim, also resource persons who trained participants on how to prepare a variety of dishes without losing nutrient, said it was not the eating of large quantity of food that matters but the amount of nutrients available.
The resource persons also told participants of the importance of appetizers, and how to prepare them as stimulant that makes one eats food well.
The training team visited Zibiyan Women Vegetable Farmers Association Manchok, in Kaura Local Government, where they also trained members on how to improve their farming activities and fertilizers with vegetable seed, irrigation pumps and fertilizers.
Participants at the workshop, who were drawn from the eight local government areas in Kaduna South Senatorial District, lauded the Kaduna State Government and UNICEF for giving them the opportunity to be trained, promising to utilize the training to improve their wellbeing and train others.

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