As parts of efforts to encourage entrepreneurship among women, the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has inaugurated the Women Trade Group (WTG) of the chamber.
In his opening remarks, its President, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode while underscoring the role of women in economic development said it is very critical to the overall national development agenda.
He emphasized that, as a chamber of commerce that is vital platform for national development, the plight of women have been taken very seriously.
“Today, we have taken the giant leap in impacting positively on the role of women in businesses by forming and actually inaugurating this group. We are committed to creating a platform backed with a level playing ground for our women to network among themselves.
“By doing this, we will be unlocking several doors of opportunities and linking them with key stakeholders that will account for the growth of their businesses. We also have a Cooperative to help the women. The purpose of Cooperative is to support our members. I have gotten approval of the Executive Committee of the Chamber to clash the interest rate on rending. We want businesses to grow and survive. That is why we are towing this line”, the President added.
He described the Coronavirus pandemic as “an economic threat to all irrespective of race or nationality. It is a problem of all of us. It will touch all of us in economic terms especially. This will affect our women more in view of the role they play in maintaining families”.
“Coronavirus is not about health challenge alone. This is an economic problem and there is need for everyone with innovative ideas and solutions to bring them forward in a way that would support government economic policies that will meltdown the effect of the disease”, he said.
The President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Hajia Saratu Iya Aliyu commended the ACCI for the worthy effort referring to it as what will spur women to achieve the zenith of entrepreneurship.
“Today is a great day in the lives of women entrepreneurs. It is a day this chamber has taken it upon itself to make the difference in the lives of women. This is what NACCIMA encourages. And ACCI must be appreciated for always taking the lead.
“Women must know what they want and stick to it so far as it will benefit their families and the society in general”.
Hajia Saratu enjoined women to have confidence in themselves and vigorously pursue entrepreneurship.
In her remarks, the ACCI Vice President in charge of Women Development, Roselyn Nwosu Esq urged women to maximally use the platform and leverage on the opportunities provided by the Chamber to develop their business entities.
She underscored the essence of the group by informing that the women in the group have identified entrepreneurship as the way to go and are taking their destiny into their hands.
She urged them to remain resilient inspite of the challenges that may stand on their way.
In her contribution, the Director General of ACCI, Ms. Victoria Akai expressed satisfaction with the initiative and said it is coming as an intervention plan to women.
She acknowledged the role of women in economic development and urged that the tempo should be maintained.
“Women entrepreneurs have contributed, in no small way, to the economic growth of Nigeria which should not be underestimated. Their contributions mostly are in the areas of job creation, poverty alleviation, economic growth and financial sustainability.
“Women entrepreneurs face a lot of challenges which may discourage them from going into business, yet they are being motivated to start their own businesses”, she stressed.