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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Nigerian Women Seek More Economic Empowerment From Government

Nigerian women have called for better
economic empowerment from government as
the world marks the International Women’s
Day.

Participants at a women empowerment
forum tasked the women and the
authorities to be more pro-active as regards
welfare of businesses.

The theme for this year's International
Women’s Day is ‘Equality for women is
progress for all’.

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban-
ki Moon, believes countries with more
gender equality have better economic
growth.

Nigeria has one of the worst cases of
gender inequality in the world, a situation
that has impacted even their participation
and success in business grossly. Access to finance remains a big setback for many of them.

Usaku Yauma, a trader in Abuja, Nigeria
capital city said she faced serious challenges before securing a loan for her business because she was a woman. Nigeria's Bank of Industry, however blames the women, insisting they need to be organised and determined to get additional finances for their operations. But Ejike Oji, a gender activist does not agree. He believes government support for women in business is still very minimal and needs to be improved upon.
Supporting women he says, is a sure way of
poverty alleviation. Nigerian women in business are also advised to be more financially savvy and more accountable in the management of their businesses as this is critical to business growth and success.

                                     Source: TVCnews

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