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Omolewa canvasses women economic emancipation

By Matthew Denis

Wife of the Kwara State Governor, Deaconess Omolewa Ahmed has called on Nigerian women to embrace entrepreneurial skills so as to be self reliant.

 She made the call during a Business Summit organised by NECA’s Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW) in partnership with First City Monument Bank (FCMB) held at G-Pinnacle Hotel, Ilorin, recently.

She said, “This summit couldn’t have come at a better time than this. A time when there is so much downturn in the economy of the nation.

“Gone are the days when women take the back seat, perform only traditional roles at home while the man is the sole financial provider of the family. It takes a collaborative effort of a woman to keep the home now,” she noted.

The First Lady therefore implored women to explore their creativity and initiatives for economic gain.

“There is need for relentless zeal of women, young or old, to set up one form of business or the other, learn some kind of trade or acquire vocational skills so that they can support their families,” Mrs Ahmed advised.

Earlier in her address, the President of NNEW, Mrs. Modupe Oyekunle, urged women to judiciously make use of opportunities the association has to offer them.

She tasked women entrepreneurs to imbibe financial discipline and seek advise on ways to expand their businesses.

In her remarks, the Executive Director, FCMB Business Development, Mrs. Bukola Smith, stressed the need for women to engage in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

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