In a bid to curtail the spread of the recent global pandemic (COVID 19) and to reduce the adverse effect its having on the general well-being of people, particularly those in low income communities, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Nigeria Chapter has put together a 5 week long training on hand sanitizers making for women in Ikorodu Area of Lagos State.
IEEE which is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity through the Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) organized the funded community project for the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The training which started first week of January, 2021 and was concluded in the second week of February, 2021 had 560 beneficiaries in attendance.
The project team Leader, Engr. Ugomma Deborah Ogu said the project is meant to create safety measures for the people against COVID 19. Her words; “The project was aimed at creating the opportunity for health safety measures against the corona virus for this community by ensuring they have hand sanitizers for use, which they will be producing by themselves after undergoing the training. This will in return help these women to manage their income as well.
“The training was hands-on and was delivered in their local language which gave they women the opportunity to learn by doing it themselves through the collaboration of community volunteers and stakeholders.
“The training impacted a total of 560 women from Owode – Ibeshe, Ijede, Ogolonto, Odongunya and Igbogbo, all in Ikorodu.
“The women were happy to learn a life long skill and to be able to produce hand sanitizers for their families. They will also go ahead to share the knowledge they have gained with other women in their communities. This is very important as Lagos State remains the epic center of the covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria. Through this training the IEEE HAC have empowered these women with the knowledge to keep their families safe and protected.”
The beneficiaries commended the organization for a well done job saying the project will go a long way in helping them to protect themselves against COVID 19 and skills acquired will also help them manage their incomes. The women will go ahead to share the knowledge they have gained with other women in their communities.