A closing ceremony was organized to end a 6-month tailoring course which was organised by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Ghana Battalion (GHANBATT) 9 on Friday 12 August 2022 in Bentiu. The tailoring course, one of the major Civil Military Corporation (CIMIC) activities which was undertaken by the Battalion, saw a cross section of parishioners of the St Martin de Pores Catholic Church in Bentiu, undergo practical training in tailoring.
The course was to equip these parishioners with a vocation which would make them resourceful in their communities and provide them with a means to fend for themselves and their families. Each of the 10 participants was presented with a certificate, a brand new sewing machine and other tailoring tools to help them set up their tailoring businesses.
In his remarks the Sector Unity Commander, Brigadier General Mike Cooper Mujuni who was the Guest of Honour applauded GHANBATT for this initiative and other vocational skills they had equipped locals within their Area of Operational Responsibilities with. He added that these CIMIC activities were aiding UNMISS to achieve its mandate. He urged the participants to develop a good maintenance culture to be able to preserve the equipment presented to them. The Sector Unity Commander further congratulated them for achieving a successful milestone and availing themselves for training throughout the period. He further advised them to be productive with what they have learnt within the six months of training and also impart the knowledge and skills gained over the period to others who would show interest in tailoring as a means of giving back to society.
The Unity State Minister for Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Honorable Rose Nyaboth Toch who was present at the ceremony was full of praise for GHANBATT for impacting positively on the lives of the locals in Unity State. She explained that this tailoring training will forever be a source of empowerment for the individuals and their communities at large. Hon Rose Toch also charged the church leadership to show interest in the development of the trainees after their graduation. The Hon Minister encouraged them to work in groups to be able to assist each other and position themselves well for the job market.
The Minister implored GHANBATT and Sector Unity as a whole to continue to assist the locals in Unity State through various CIMIC activities which she believed would bring a positive change to the State.
UNMISS GHANBATT 9 also presented 2 brand new sewing machines to the St Martins de Pores Catholic Church. The donation sought to augment the machines in their tailoring pool to enable a larger number of people to train when the need arose.