The Amalgamation of Ilaje Ugbo Coastal Communities Association (AMAICOMMA) in Ilaje Local Government area of Ondo State, on Wednesday, organised economic summit for women in the area.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the summit, which was held at Ode Ugbo, in the council area, captured series of lectures on economic activities to broaden the knowledge of the participants.
Mrs Titilayo Adeyemi, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, described the women from the area as industrious, saying that they must be equipped with the needed information to make them economically viable.
Adeyemi assured the women of government’s readiness to undertake any programme aimed at uplifting them in the state.
She urged the women to take the summit seriously so that it could have the desired impacts on them and their homes, adding “women are versatile and they must use it to their own advantage.”
The commissioner tasked the women to be submissive to their husbands and be of good conduct for better homes.
According to her, they should protect their children so that they will not be victims of bad societal influence.
In his address, the Chairman of AMAICOMMA, Mr Pius Orisabinone, said that the summit was an eye opener for the participating women to use the peculiarities of the area for their own economic benefits.
Orisabinone noted that women were indispensable in any family setting, saying that they were builders who must be encouraged and empowered to bring out their potentials for the betterment of the society.
Mrs Omofele Adeokan, a gender focal person, said that the turnout for the summit was overwhelming.
Adeokan stated that the summit was aimed at informing the participants of their importance in the society and help them to manifest their abilities.
She added that the summit had taught them how to make money and be financially independent.
Mrs Funmi Adeojo of the Ondo State Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who gave a talk on “Harnessing Economic Opportunities in Ondo State and its Environs”, encouraged the participants to learn best ways of packaging their goods.
Adeojo added that packaging would attract more customers and increase income, enjoining the participants to enrol their children in various skill acquisitions in addition to their education.
Similarly, Mrs Yetunde Iyaomolere, who gave a lecture on “Dynamism of Cooperative Groups”, encouraged the participants to join cooperative societies in order to source for loans without the usual bottlenecks encountered in commercial banks.
Iyaomolere noted that loan benefitted from such cooperative societies usually attracted little interests, saying it would save them from any embarrassment and reproach that might arise from their inability to pay back at the agreed time.
In his lecture entitled “Accessing Business Linkages and Appropriate Technological Support”, a financial expert, Mr Abayomi Das, urged the participants to show deep interest in their business ventures.
Das stated that they must introduce modern innovations to their ventures and keep proper records of their proceedings.
He cautioned them against dipping their hands on their business running capital for personal needs.
Two of the participants, Mrs Daisi Oke and Mrs Iyabo Omotehinse, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency , described the summit as enlightening and impactful.
They said that if strictly adhered to, the issues addressed at the summit would enable them to sustain themselves and their families, while also creating job opportunities.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq