Towards curbing the menace of hyacinth to water transportation in Lagos State, the state government had trained 50 women in Badagry on recycling of hyacinth into usefu handicrafts.
After completion of the five day training, the state government through the Lagos state Waterways Authority (LASWA) disbursed a grant of N15,000.00 each to the women to start up a micro business on the skills acquired.
Speaking, the Managing Director of LASWA, Mr Damilola Emmanuel, said N15,000 would be enough to start for now, revealing that “Next year we will be looking toward empowering them through Employment Trust Fund.”
He said that LASWA would be monitoring the beneficiaries on the utilisation of the grant. “There will be follow up exercise after few weeks to check up on them.”
The beneificiaries and a traditional head commended the state government for the gesture while considering the amount enough to start handicraft business.
According to Zongbosi Mautin, one of the beneficiaries, appreciated the government and promised to continue with the knowledge acquired.
According to her, “I have learnt a lot about this water hyacinth because I have never experienced it before. I thank the state government for the initiative. Water hyacinth was like a problem to us. I am really grateful that we have an opportunity to know the essence of it.
“I have the intention of moving further the water hyacinth recycling skill because we were given N15,000 each to start the business. The money given to us will be okay since most of the materials needed are with us.”
Another beneficiary, Usifo Angela said she would manage it to start a business. According to her, she may rely on family and friends as a means of getting assistance to begin a striving business on handicraft.
“On my own, I can introduce my work to my friends and family members. The amount is okay because most of materials are easily gotten here. By the waterside, you will get the coconut seeds and water hyacinth,” she said.
The traditional head of Mobee kingdom in Badagry, Chief Patrick Yedenu Mobee thanked the state government for bringing such initiative to his people.
He said they never knew water hyacinth could be useful. He then advised his people to put the skill acquired to positive use.
“I must tell you the truth, it is going to be a fantastic development if our people could really work on it. It is also going to boost the economy of Badagry, Lagos and Nigeria.” Chief Mobee said.