UNAN resolves to eradicate poverty globally
United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN) has resolved to achieve Sustainable Development Goals 1 (SDG 1), which is to end poverty globally. It made the position known at an event to commemorate the 2022 International Day for Eradication of Poverty in Lagos, tagged ‘First UNAN Lecture and Grant Award for Women and Youth Entrepreneurs’.
The association’s president, Johan Agha, harped on the potency of the Nigerian anthem, noting that if everyone practises its words, the nation will be a better place. She urged everyone to contribute his or her quota towards making Nigeria great.
Twenty hardworking women were nominated to receive N50,000 each to either start up or expand a business, while 10 youths got N100,000 grant to upscale their enterprises.
Former Director General of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Ayo Olukanni, lauded UNAN for the initiative, noting that their deeds resonate the idea behind the SDG.
He emphasised women empowerment, explaining: “The issues of women are central. It is not a gender issue. You cannot keep half of your population and expect to grow. Civilisation progressed because women where incorporated.”
Olukanni canvassed greater efforts towards translating ideas and discussions at the meetings to reality.
Vice President, UNAN, Omopeju Afanu, advised the beneficiaries to open business accounts for prioritisation of expenditure. Stressing that businesses are meant to yield profits, she counselled them to document their business journey for sake of determining its profitability as time progresses.
Afanu urged the lucky Nigerians to only venture into businesses they are passionate about and be consistent with them. She also played up good customer relations and social media skills as a must.