The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has empowered 60 women entrepreneurs with skills to manage their businesses effectively and efficiently.
The Programme officer of UNIDO, Mr Francis Ukoh, made this known on Friday at the end of the one-week training for the women in collaboration with the , Nigeria’s capital.
Ukoh said that the training would not only improve the livelihood of the women, but would also enable them to create wealth directly and indirectly.
“The training covers areas such as financial management, marketing, communication, innovation and operation.
“It also exposed them to the unique value of business, bankable proposition, profit and loss techniques and cash flow management.
“They were also taught how to make use of ICT tools in solving business challenges. These are 21st Century skills on how to manage their businesses,’’ he said.
Mrs Ifeoma Anagbogu, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, while presenting certificates of completion to the women, commended UNIDO for such women entrepreneurial initiative in Nigeria.
She called on the beneficiaries to ensure they make good use of the training and continued networking after the programme to enable them share experiences to grow their businesses.
According to her, business can only be good when the beneficiaries interacted with each other.
She urged participants to invest wisely, saying that it was not every business that people should invest in.
Mr Iweriebor Uwefiri, the Manager in charge of Gender Desk in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said the bank had created a gender desk for women and a special intervention fund for those willing to go into entrepreneurship.
Uwefiri said that the Federal Government was taking up the issue of funding women entrepreneurship seriously, hence CBN was at the forefront of supporting women entrepreneurs.
Miss Joyce Sim-Bala, a journalist and an entrepreneur commended UNIDO for the initiative, adding that she was a major beneficiary of the scheme as it had allowed her to stand on her own.
She said that she had always craved to own her own TV talk show, noting that the training by UNIDO gave her the boldness to take up the challenge.
According to her, she now hosts a TV show in Jigawa, which has changed her story for the better.
Other beneficiaries also testified to the benefit of the training by UNIDO.
Part of UNIDO’s mandate is to support entrepreneurs under the Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development under the SDG 9.
Amaka E. Nliam