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Business News of Monday, 25 July 2022


Insecurity affecting business environment – NGO

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A Lagos-based Nongovernmental Organisation, the Human Development Initiatives, has said that adequate security of citizens will go a long way in making businesses succeed.

The organisation also said Nigeria could tackle the rising wave of unemployment in the country if the citizens, especially women and youths were empowered with good skills that could make them their own bosses and employers of labor.

The Executive Director of the organisation, Mrs. Olufunsho Godsfavour, stated this on Monday at a five-day empowerment programme organised by her organisation in collaboration with the Bank of Industry of Nigeria, for some groups of women in Imoru, Ijagba and Okeluse communities in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.

According to her, with the scarcity of jobs in the country, one sure way of resetting Nigeria is by encouraging the youths and women to take up skills that can make them stand on their own and still create jobs for others.

She said, “The government should tackle security challenges in the country totally because this would be a great impediment to whatever success, skill acquisition by the people may have been recorded.

“One can only function properly where the environment is safe and peaceful.”

Olufunsho also disclosed that the organisation was in Imoru community to empower women in the area with skills to better their economic life, adding that because of the economic situation in the country, most of these women were frustrated, and for the fact that most of their husbands were struggling to put food on the table, she felt that there was the need to empower them.

“Doing this will put them in a better position to assist their husbands, be self-reliant and increase their economic wellbeing,” she noted.

The NGO boss also disclosed that her organisation would also give free legal counseling to widows in the community and also give scholarships to their children in tertiary institutions as a way of continuing to support the community

In the programme, the beneficiaries would undergo training in confectionery, tie and dye, cosmetics and soap making while the organisation would give them starter kits and stipends to facilitate their early take-off.

In his remarks, the Olumoru of Imoru Kingdom, Oba Oluwarotimi Obamuwagun, advised the participants to take the training seriously and ensure they went on to practice what they learn in the training programme.

The monarch also advised youths and graduates to take up skills that could make them their own bosses instead of looking for scarce white-collar jobs that were not out there.