ANWBN laments COVID-19 impact, urges govt to do more

The Association of Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWBN) has advised government to do its best to ensure that the   citizens are protected from this corona virus pandemic.

This was contained in a release signed by the national coordinator of the association , Chief Mrs Anita Nana Okuribido, who  lamented the  lack of infrastructure in the health sector and how government had  been so lackadaisical about important issues  such as the health and wellness of Nigerians.

“More over  womenpreneurs who form 80 per cent of SMEs in Nigeria are badly affected by this pandemic with a devastating decline in their business.

“In recent months a novel virus known as the corona virus has spread infecting hundreds of thousands of people and impacting humankind negatively.

“And while we are yet to see the immeasurable impact that will follow the pandemic—due to state and countrywide shutdowns, social distancing, the closure of countless businesses including women-owned businesses, and/or transition to remote work for millions across the world—we have begun to witness its grave impact on our global economy.

“WomenPreneurs in particular are one of the populations that have been greatly affected economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. From marketing and branding to occupational therapy, mental health to feminine health care and in between, businesses have been forced to continuously adapt to the changing tides,” she said

Okuribido disclosed that members of the association  shared their concerns as they prepared their  policy recommendations with the high rate of insecurity – COVID-19 being at the front burner  of the priority issues of the Women National Business Agenda, and how women are navigating the effects of COVID-19 on their businesses.

With the emergence and spread COVID-19, which  led to a lock down on businesses, advised that women entrepreneurs should temporarily shift to consultations online.

Fortunately, we have been able to retain a bulk of our clientele without necessarily having to be there physically. As a team, we should now focus heavily on providing more of our digital marketing services (E- Commerce) which allow us to work remotely. The biggest lesson thus learnt so far with the emergence of the COVI-19 pandemic is to always  invest in a digital skill,” she noted.

 

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