Bauchi to marry off 100 repentant commercial sex workers

Bauchi to marry off 100 repentant commercial sex workers


The Bauchi State government is set to marry off about 100 ‘repentant commercial sex workers’ who indicated interest to the state’s Hisbah Department.

But Aminu Balarabe-Isah said the Permanent Secretary in charge of the Hisbah Department said the date for the mass wedding will be announced when necessary arrangements have been made.

He said this at the vocational training for 575 repentant commercial sex workers launch on Tuesday in Bauchi where he commended them for taking the bold decision to renounce the practice.

He said the Government would sponsor the weddings of both Muslim and Christian women among them, and provide them with dependable and reliable sources of livelihood.

He also some of the skills such as make up, catering, poultry/fishery, shoe/bag making, and computer literacy classes among others, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He assured that “we would facilitate the entire process after obtaining their consent and that of their parents and guardians before the marriage takes place.”

“We would expand the scope of the training to the 20 existing Local Government Areas of the State,” he said.

On her part, Maryam David, a trainee receiving training in tailoring, welcomed the gesture and promised that she would never return to her previous lifestyle again.

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She said she would use the knowledge acquired to establish her own business and eventually remarry to turn a better life.

Earlier, Mrs. Hadiza Mohammed, thanked the State governor, Bala Mohammed for giving the repentant sex workers to live a decent life.

The capacity training programme for which include hair dressing, knitting, entrepreneurship, tailoring and cosmetology, was in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment.

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