SWIT urges women to strive for leadership positions
The Society of Women in Taxation (SWIT) has charged more women to strive for leadership positions.The move, the group said, is to expedite the realisation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on gender equality.
National Chairperson, SWIT Nigeria, Dr. Abiola Adimula, gave the charge at the just-concluded International Professional Women Conference (IPWC) that took place in the Gambia, with the theme ‘Building Professional Women Leaders for the Future.’
While urging the participants to embrace a leadership mindset, she said women’s active participation in economic activities would enable the growth and development of nations.
She said the choice of the conference theme was deliberate to prepare women for leadership roles and challenges.
Earlier, Chairperson, Conference Planning Committee, Dr. Titilayo Fowokan, said the realisation of SDG 5 had been made possible by professional organisations, which support their women’s wing to set up societies and associations to achieve their goals.
She added that IPWC’s vision was conceived over half a decade ago and came to materialise in 2022 under the leadership of Adimula, with its maiden conference in Cotonou, Republic of Benin.
SWIT is the female arm of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).
The lawmaker representing Somolu Federal Constituency, Ademorin Kuye in collaboration with the National Productivity Centre (NPC), in Abuja, has trained and empowered market women, men and youth in Somolu constituency in Lagos State.
The beneficiaries, who were over 153, went home with grinding machines and deep freezers. The gesture was aimed at alleviating the sufferings of the people.
One of the facilitators of the programme, Nonso Ezeh, tutored the attendees on how to use the grinding machine and deep freezer, while also laying emphasis on its maintenance procedures.
The attendees were also tutored on several topics, which include precautions, safety and management of resources, among others.
Ezeh said that one of the mandates of NPC was to increase human productivity irrespective of their areas of endeavours, adding that the focus was to enable the people to maximise the resources available to them.
“Today, we are not just giving cash grants to market people, we are also giving them items like grinding machines and deep freezers and improving their standard of living. I believe strongly in being productive because the scripture says that God will bless the work of our hands.
“If you don’t have anything to do with your hands, invariably you deny yourself of God’s blessings. But with these items, I urge the beneficiaries to make good use of the things they have been given,” Ezeh said.
He said that the selection process was not based on political affiliation, but those who were truly in need, in the constituency.
Another facilitator, Henry Adedokun, urged the beneficiaries not to contemplate selling the items given to them, saying that no amount they will sell it would worth the return they would get if they put it to good use.
“Our mothers, fathers and youths, these items are to support you and improve your standard of living as entrepreneurs. I encourage you not to sell them. As you can see, Hon. Ademorin Kuye has you at heart. The best way to encourage him to do more is to put it to good use,” Adedokun said.
Also, in attendance were representatives from the NPC, Chinwe Okwuosa and from the Ministry of Special Duties, Mr. Usman Halilu respectively.
Okwuosa encouraged the participants to make judicious use of the items given to them to increase and better their lives, while Halilu expressed satisfaction in the quality of the training, and commended the resource persons for jobs well done.
The cash grants were done, in partnership with and under the supervision of the MicrovisMicrofinance Bank, to allow for transparency and smooth operations and management.