In commemoration of International Women’s Day, IWD, the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, NASME, along with major industry stakeholders have advocated for more opportunities for women entrepreneurs to thrive in the country.
They made this call during the 2022 NASME’s IWD program in Lagos, which had in attendance its members across the various geopolitical zones in Nigeria, along with member representatives from the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, United Nations, Unity Bank, Fidelity Bank, amongst others.
President NASME, Alhaji Yerima Abdulahi, said that women contribute immensely to the growth of the GDP and as such should not be neglected.
He said that there is no gain saying that contributions made by this segment of the population contribute greatly to our GDP, Africa’s push for regional integration through the African Continental Free Trade Area creates new opportunities for businesses across the continent and beyond.
“If businesses especially those led by women and young entrepreneurs, are enabled to take advantage. Therefore, any effort to develop Women and Youths will go a long way to achieving our National aspirations. Better use of the Nigeria’s female population could increase economic growth, reduce poverty, enhance societal well being, and help ensure sustainable development in Nigeria.”
Also speaking ,the immediate Past President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Toki Mabogunje said that women must work together to achieve the gender equality as well as increase sensitization across the country.