La­farge Africa, Ac­cess Bank part­ner to fill gen­der gap in man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Victoria Onehi and Lat­i­fat Opoola

The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Ac­cess Bank, Elias Ig­binAken­zua, said that “ap­prox­i­mately 600,000 man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs are un­filled be­cause com­pa­nies can’t find qual­i­fied work­ers for them.

He said this dur­ing a work­shop or­gan­ised by Ac­cess Bank’s ‘W Ini­tia­tive’ for women in col­lab­o­ra­tion with La­farge Africa Plc re­cently.

He said women are crit­i­cal to fill­ing this gap and must be em­pow­ered to do so.

“We must also re­duce the bar­ri­ers for women in man­u­fac­tur­ing in ac­cess­ing funds from fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions for those who may want to tran­sit from em­ploy­ees to man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness own­ers,” Ig­binAken­zua said

The MD Geo­cy­cle, La­farge Africa Plc, Mrs. Ade­peju Ade­bajo, said women rep­re­sent the largest pool of un­tapped tal­ent and the dearth of women in man­u­fac­tur­ing has been made more prom­i­nent re­cently due to the short­age of man­power fac­ing the in­dus­try.

Mrs. Ade­bajo sought for sup­port, coach­ing and en­cour­age­ment for more women to be re­cruited and re­tained in man­u­fac­tur­ing, adding that women have be­come lead­ing in­dus­try play­ers in dif­fer­ent sec­tors which were for long the preserve of men - in­clud­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing.

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