Women entrepreneurs have been charged to be professionals in their conduct as this is central to achieving socio-economic development of the State.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), Mrs. Bolaji Dada, gave the charge on Wednesday during a One-Day Seminar for Women Entrepreneurs tagged, “Professionalism and Entrepreneurship – A link to Socio-Economic Development”, held at the Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa-Ikeja.
According to her, the theme of the seminar is apt and timely considering the number of businesses that have shut down due to lack of professionalism.
She advised women entrepreneurs to see possibilities, solutions and opportunities in the face of harsh situations, saying that “I want to encourage all entrepreneurs including those aspiring and particularly our women entrepreneurs to brace up and seek new opportunities available at their disposal”.
The Commissioner lauded the present administration in Lagos State for initiating programmes and policies for the support of Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises (SMEs) targeted at Lagosians.
She disclosed that the State Government has a commitment to ensuring that at least 50% of the beneficiaries of its empowerment initiatives are women, this, according to her, was demonstrated through the launch of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund “LSETF W-Initiative” to facilitate the development and growth of female entrepreneurs in the state to grow their businesses and consequently create employment for all.
She also reiterated the efforts of the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in ensuring that women live and work in a conducive environment over the years through investment in skill acquisition programmes and distribution of starter kits.
In her words, “This is evident in the recent graduation of 4,885 trainees who were presented with certificates of competence after completing their training in diverse vocations and skills from 17 Skill Acquisition Centers across the five divisions of the State.”
Other efforts being made by the Ministry includes the provision of capacity building and agricultural entrepreneurship education for women, provision of social security including legislation and budget for the less privileged women, widows and elderly as well as the protection and strengthening of the enforcement of their basic rights.
The seminar also included a medical screening for the participants and awareness on the need to carry out regular medical check-ups to know their health status. Source: https://lagosstate.gov.ng ayomiafuwape