The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs has launched the “50 Million Africa Women Speak Platform Project” as an avenue to assist women Entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
At the Ceremony in Abuja, the Representative of ECOWAS Commissioner, Mrs. Rehimah Momodu said the platform would avail women and girls the opportunity to network and share information with their counterparts across Africa on ways to enhance their businesses.
According to a study conducted by the African Development Bank, 70 percent of small and medium enterprises owned by women in developing countries do not benefit enough from the services offered by financial institutions.
To this end, the 15 members’ states of the ECOWAS Region developed the 50 Million Africa Women Speak Platform Project, to encourage mentorship programmes and information sharing mechanisms among women entrepreneurs in Africa to boost their small businesses.
According to the Representative of the Ecowas Commissioner, Mrs. Rehimah Momodu, the project was aimed at facilitating the empowerment of women and improve their ability to assess financial assistance.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, represented by the permanent Secretary of the ministry Mrs. Ifeoma Anagbogu said that the country was using the platform to ensure the sustainable empowerment of women.
“Nigeria has contributed immensely to ensure that Nigerian women and girls are given all we can all we have to ensure that their livelihood is improved within the country. For the platform it is to enable them have access to financial support and to network with other people that would be relevant to making their businesses grow…”
In a presentation on the implementation of the project in Nigeria, a coordinator of the programme, Mrs. Ajibike Oluwatimi-leyin said the platform would make women business owners.
So far the 50 Million Africa Women Speak Platform, has integrated necessary financial and non Financial Information useful for women in Nigeria that would increase investments and opportunities in Africa.