Enterprise Television – The Investment and Technology Promotion Office of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), in collaboration with the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched another phase of its capacity building programme by training over 40 Nigerian women in financial literacy.
The financial literacy project is to equip the business owners with interactive online learning packages, financial literacy tools and major mechanisms for upgrading and expanding existing enterprises.
The Chief Technical Adviser, UNIDO-ITPO, Mr. Stanislaw Pigon, said, “Aside from the training, we will also offer the entrepreneurs business counseling and mentoring programmes aimed at facilitating enterprise growth. Our online tools are open to the entrepreneurs as they are expected to ask questions or seek for clarifications.”
“We are facing a problem of financial literacy, starting with university graduates, who cannot find jobs, to existing, even successful Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, which cannot find resources to grow, he said.”
The Head, UNIDO-ITPO, Nigeria, Ms. Adebisi Olumodimu, explained that the workshop was designed to support the Federal Government in its bid to diversify the economy, empower business owners, especially women, across the agriculture, manufacturing, and food and beverages sectors, and ensure they were equipped with best practices tools for the development of value-added services.
She said, “It is time for Nigerian women entrepreneurs to explore vast opportunities in the non-oil sector, especially with the dwindling fortunes of crude oil in the global market. Our focus for now is on women, because we discovered that most women investors do not have the desired skills and knowledge of enterprise development.