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Ogun State first lady commits to women empowerment


Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun (middle), Executive Director, FCMB SheVentures, Mrs. Bukola Smith (right), former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Alhaja Salmot Badru (left), with participants at the Capacity Building Programme for Women in Business, organised by Mrs. Abiodun in collaboration with the bank in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, has reiterated her commitment towards the empowerment of women in the state.

Mrs. Abiodun stated this at the Capacity Building Programme organized recently by her office in collaboration with SheVentures, a financial unit of the FCMB for Women Entrepreneurs in the state at the MITROS Hotel Hall, GRA, Ibara, Abeokuta.

The governor’s wife, who nominated 150 entrepreneurs with registered and operational businesses in Ogun state as participants for the capacity building that would afford them the opportunity of accessing a loan of N1million said: “I’m glad about the participation of my office in this initiative but, more importantly, the opportunity to nominate 150 women entrepreneurs as participants.”

She encouraged the women to see problems in business as challenges that must be surmounted and should therefore go the extra mile in giving value to their businesses. “I don’t want you to give up when you have problems, problems are bound to happen in business, losses may happen that will discourage you, but make yourself better, ensure the services you’re rendering beats what others have to offer,” she advised.

Mrs. Abiodun also appreciated FCMB SheVentures for partnering with her office by providing the entrepreneurs with loans and necessary knowledge on how to handle money in their various businesses.

In her address, the Executive Director, Business Development, FCMB, Mrs. Bukola Smith, promised to facilitate low interest for the loans, while zero interest loans would also be given to qualified participants who would meet up with the criteria. “The programme was aimed to avail the three pillars of successful business: access to financing, access to information and access to network.

Reputable guests like the Iyalode of Yoruba land, Chief Mrs. Alaba Lawson, former Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Titi Oseni, former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Alhaja Salimot Badru, the CEO, FAO Envelopes Limited, Princess Layo Okeowo, the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, OOUTH, Mrs. Wunmi Adepitan and others who were present at the event appreciated the first lady for the good initiative and pleaded with FCMB to make the loan interest single digits for the participants.

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