The wife of the Ogun State governor, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, in partnership with SheVentures, a financial unit of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB), has empowered 150 women entrepreneurs in the State.
Mrs Abiodun said the beneficiaries were entrepreneurs with registered businesses who have their operational base in different parts of the state.
The governor’s wife urged them to value their businesses, noting that such would make them overcome any challenge confronting their means of livelihood while reiterating her commitment towards the empowerment of women in the state.
She stated this at a one-day capacity building program organised by her office in conjunction with FCMB, held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, that the opportunity would afford each participant to access N1,000,000 to boost their businesses.
“I don’t want you to give up when you have problems, problems are bound to happen in any business, things will happen that will discourage you, but make yourself better, render a service better than what others do.
“I am happy not only for the participation of my office in this initiative but also for the opportunity to nominate 150 women entrepreneurs with businesses registered and operational in Ogun state as participants,” she added.
The Executive Director, Business Development, FCMB, Mrs Bukola Smith, explained that zero interest loans would also be given to qualified participants who meet up with the criteria provided by the bank.
She said the program was to avail the participants of three pillars of a successful business which she listed as access to financing, access to information and access to the network.