Idris, who resides at Kudaru Road, Sabon gari, Kaduna gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.
The proprietress of Fayha Fashions said it was necessary for parents and guardians to enrol their children in a skill acquisition centre to enable them be responsible and self-reliant in future.
Idris said she learned fashion designing from her mother where she started with the mending of clothes for her family and neighbours, before she commenced sewing.
“I started learning tailoring when I was 13, and it didn’t hinder my academic performance. In fact, my WAEC result was good.
“There is time for everything; children have good memory and they easily comprehend things. I suggest that parents should encourage their children to learn a skill,” the fashion designer said.
The specialist in women and children clothes said she could sew wears such as school uniform, dinner wear, occasion wear among others.
The designer said she had trained no fewer than 10 apprentices who had established their businesses.
The entrepreneur, however, cited customers’ inability to choose style they wanted as a challenge to her.
She noted that some clients were found of rejecting the style a designer chose for them.
“We also face challenges during the festive periods because the work load is much and we tend to delay customers in delivering the clothes,” Idris said.
She urged women to shun idleness and learn a skill to be self-reliant.