By Goodluck Ikiebe.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment with National President of Nigerian Association of Women Entrepreneurs
As part of efforts to encourage Women Entrepreneurs in Nigeria, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, has expressed commitment to assist them in their quest to develop the nation’s economy.
Otunba Adebayo gave this commitment when a delegation of Nigerian Association of Women Entrepreneurs led by its National President, Barrister Vera Ndanusa, paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.
The Minister, who thanked the delegation for the visit, promised to address all the issues raised and direct them to various agencies, department and parastatals for proper resolution.
He also assured the Women Entrepreneurs from across Nigeria of linking them up with the Nigeria Export Promotion Council for advise on export procedures and facilitate invitation to attend trade fairs abroad.
Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo explained that an Export Development Fund has been launched to assist MSME’s operators in Nigeria to scale up their businesses.
Earlier in an address, the President, Barrister Vera Ndanusa, reeled out reasons and benefits why the ministry should partner with the association so as to help create jobs and develop the economic sector.
According to her, ” We are into Agriculture, Manufacturing, Services and Education to train future generation of Nigerians. Above all, some of our products are already in markets abroad.”
She called for more inclusion in the ministry’s activities and pledged to work with all the agencies to achieve the desired economic growth and development.
Part of our programmes is to train and build capacity of women in all the six geopolitical zones in the country to enable them contribute their quota to the nation’s development.
The high point of the occasion was the decoration of the Minister with an award as Ambassador of NAWE, and the presentation of products produced by some of the Women Entrepreneurs