Nigerian women need to contribute more to the growth of the economy, as their roles in addressing the country’s challenges could significantly aid the nation’s economy.
The Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe made this known during the year 2020 International Women’s Day celebration, with the theme, “Each for Equal”, organised by the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Business Women Group (NAWORG), Ogun State Chapter, at the Commerce House, Oke-Igbein, Abeokuta.
Mrs. Longe said the Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration recognised the contribution of women to the development of the State, as policies such as Oko’wo Dapo and others were geared towards promoting the interest of women, urging women in business to maintain financial discipline, inculcate the habit of proper record keeping and update their knowledge, in order to enhance their businesses.
She charged NAWORG to ensure that the women folk take their rightful place by exposing them to relevant skills to become future entrepreneurs.
In her address, the Global Convener, NAWORG, Iyalode Alaba Lawson, said women should not compete with men but collaborate with them to build a strong nation, calling on parents to raise their children properly, irrespective of gender, as doing so would help curtail failed marriages.
She lauded Governor Dapo Abiodun for appointing Mrs. Kikelomo Longe as Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, describing her as a woman of integrity.
Speaking earlier, the Co-ordinator, NAWORG, Ogun State Chapter, Mrs. Cynthia Saka, enjoined women to strive for excellence and join hands in addressing gender imbalance in various walks of life.
Wale Osunbiyi & Ismail Oladipo,
Press Officers, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.