4 April 2021 By Josiah Buzun
The Nigeria Export Promotion Council has stressed the need to increase the potential of women to engage in businesses that can make them self reliant and contribute in building their communities.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Mr Olusegun Awolowo stated this at a one day capacity building workshop on the export market strategy for businesses owned by women held in Jos.
Mr Olusegun Awolowo described the workshop as timely as the COVID 19 Pandemic, had crippled the economy and led to a sharp decline in foreign exchange earnings.
Represented by the Deputy Director Women Export Division of the Council, Mrs Esther Ikpereh, Mr Awolowo said it became necessary to optimize export activities in the Country, especially in areas that are untapped like the small and medium enterprises and bussinesses owned by women.
The North Regional coordinator of the Council Mr Monehin Oluwole said reports indicated that women enterprenuers concentrate more on retail and wholesale than men worldwide.
The Plateau State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Mr Joseph Aku, represented by the permanent Secretary Mrs Nanlop Gupia said empowering women was not negotiable.
A facilitator at the program Mr Collins Nwosu called for more awareness.
The workshop was organised by the women in export division of the Council.
Highlight of the event was an exhibition of some goods produced by the women.