Hope rises for women en­trepreneurs in Kano

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Is­mail Ade­bayo, Kano

As they gath­ered at the Grand Cen­tral Ho­tel in Kano one could see hope and the con­fi­dence to suc­ceed in them. The women ap­peared de­ter­mined to thrive in their cho­sen trades if given the nec­es­sary in­cen­tives.

It was at a work­shop or­ga­nized by the Busi­ness Women and En­trepreneurs Fo­rum (BWAEF) for Kano women on how to start and grow their busi­nesses.

Over 200 women from dif­fer­ent en­deav­ours par­tic­i­pated in the train­ing to en­able them grow their busi­nesses and ac­cess funds from gov­ern­ment and non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Par­tic­i­pants at the one-week work­shop agreed there was need for women to be sel­f­re­liant in their var­i­ous trades. They were, there­fore, charged to be de­ter­mined and be­lieve in them­selves so as to suc­ceed in any busi­ness they en­gage in as the state gov­ern­ment is ready to give them the nec­es­sary sup­port.

The state Com­mis­sioner for Com­merce and In­dus­try, Al­haji Rabiu Bako charged the women to uti­lize their gifted tal­ents and lim­it­less po­ten­tials to make them be­come self-re­liant and ex­cel in their re­spec­tive trades. “Please do not limit your­selves. Be­lieve you can do it”, he urged.

He told the women that gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing, en­cour­ag­ing and em­pow­er­ing them in any trade or pro­fes­sion they choose to en­gage in. “The state gov­ern­ment has taken sev­eral mea­sures to sup­port and en­cour­age women to­wards self- re­liance, and it will still do more for you,” he said. Bako told them not be­lieve that with­out

to pro­fes­sional cer­tifi­cates, they could not be­come suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs. He said they should al­ways be­lieve in them­selves as ca­pa­ble of suc­ceed­ing in any trade they ven­ture into.

Maryam Yunusa Abubakar, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the work­shop, said its ob­jec­tive was to ed­u­cate the women on how to suc­ceed in their busi­nesses and link them with gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions so that they can ac­cess funds and be­come sel­f­re­liant.

Abubakar added that BWAEF was com­mit­ted to train­ing women in the state on how to grow their busi­nesses. “Now we want to take it to the next level with the sup­port of gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions. We will talk to gov­ern­ment to see how the women can be em­pow­ered through fund­ing and other sup­port to en­cour­age and grow their busi­nesses,” she said.

Over 200 women par­tic­i­pated at the work­shop. “They came be­cause a lot of them wanted to get funds and sup­port for their busi­nesses. They have the zeal to do the busi­nesses and that is why they are here. As you can see, they are so ex­cited about it,” she said.

A par­tic­i­pant at the work­shop, Ha­jiya Zainab re­marked that the train­ing was an eye-opener for her and other women who were priv­i­leged to be at the work­shop. “We are very happy this is hap­pen­ing to us. This work­shop has rekin­dled my hope as a house­wife who has al­ways wanted to do my own busi­ness. We are so grate­ful to BWAEF and the state gov­ern­ment for this op­por­tu­nity,” Zainab said. The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has promised to part­ner with the Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (MAN) in de­vel­op­ing the Nige­rian econ­omy.

Speak­ing at the 43rd An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of the MAN yesterday in La­gos, Pres­i­dent Mo­ham­madu Buhari, rep­re­sented by the Vice Pres­i­dent, Pro­fes­sor Yemi Os­in­bajo, said man­u­fac­tur­ing is crit­i­cal to Nige­ria’s econ­omy growth. “There is no way we can grow with­out di­ver­si­fy­ing the econ­omy,” the pres­i­dent de­clared.

He also pledged that the gov­ern­ment will be con­sis­tent in its pol­icy de­ci­sion to the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor and to en­gage with the man­u­fac­tur­ers very soon.

In his welcome ad­dress, Pres­i­dent of the Man­u­fac­tur­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (MAN), Dr. Frank Ja­cobs said the as­so­ci­a­tion is ready to sup­port gov­ern­ment in solv­ing the un­em­ploy­ment prob­lem in Nige­ria.

Ac­cord­ing to Ja­cobs, this year’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing theme, “The fu­ture of man­u­fac­tur­ing”, was cho­sen be­cause of MAN’s belief in the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion to achieve its cam­paign prom­ises of job cre­ation and im­proved eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Women en­trepreneurs at the work­shop

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