The Director General of Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo, has urged women entrepreneurs in the South-south zone of Nigeria to be wealth creators by leveraging on the business opportunities in Nigeria. He stated this at a pre-launch enlightenment programme of NECA’s Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
He acknowledged the fact that the business environment in Nigeria is surrounded by enormous challenges but added that the challenges could be surmountable when the entrepreneurs are focused and determined to thrive. He applauded the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for its collaboration to replicate the success story of NNEW in the South- South. He assured the women of the support of NECA in ensuring that women entrepreneurship is promoted and strengthened in the region. In the same vein, Dr. Josephine Diete-Spiff also explained that starting a business is most times challenging but noted that it could be started on a small scale, which eventually grows. She added that an entrepreneur must notice an opportunity, develop a plan, and must be innovative and creative.
Diete-Spiff, who is also the Managing Director, Titare Microfinance Bank and Chairperson, Bereton Academy Nigeria Ltd, informed the women that a productive idea is key to the success of a business. She encouraged women entrepreneurs to generate productive idea from what they are familiar with, something they have a flair for and something they are passionate about. NNEW 2nd Vice President, Mrs. Modupe Ehirim, in her presentation, identified the need for capacity-building programmes for entrepreneurs to enable them put the right structure to run a viable, profitable and successful business in any given economy. She added that trainings and re-training are paramount in any venture in life.
In his remarks, Senior Specialist, Employers’ Activities, ILO/SRO Addis Ababa, Mr. Hezron Njuguna, said women in Africa have come of age to face challenges as it arises in their business. He urged women entrepreneurs not to limit themselves in taking steps. NNEW is a platform established in 2005 under the aegis of Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association to promote and nurture entrepreneurship amongst women. The Network has successfully groomed and mentored a large number of women entrepreneurs in the Lagos and Abuja Metropolis, who have now been able to take their businesses to a new height. It has a membership base of over 300.