Women heavily disadvantaged in Agric business- Obasanjo
A call has gone to all stakeholders in Nigerian economy to do everything possible to ensure that women have access to land and finance.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo made the appeal at the 2018 women’s day conference organized by African Hub International, AHI, at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to him, the idea of women not having access to land should be corrected because many of them have great impact to make in diversification of the economy.
” We need to have more of private venture capital at very reduced interest rate because any attempt to get loan from commercial banks by small scale businesses might not bring any profit.”
As a way forward, he suggested the creation of Land Banks where all necessary tests would have been done and allocation can be done to whoever needs such land based on the purpose to be used for.
Other solutions proffered by Chief Obasanjo include the establishment of quality assurance certification and solar power generation.
Also speaking at the event, former ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders advised young entrepreneurs to look beyond the challenges of access to finance and credit because it is a global challenge, by using their business to add value to their community, doing things differently, using technology to take their business to higher level as well as forming cluster groups with people of like minds.
AHI Director, Mrs. Oluneye Oluwole urged participants at the conference to always look inwards and go back to the drawing board whenever necessary with needed trainings in order to take their business to greater heights.
Speaking with our Correspondent, many of the participants expressed their happiness with the opportunity of learning new things and commended AHI for the great window of opportunity provided.