As part of strategies to stimulate rapid national development, the women’s faction of the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) has urged the Federal Government to initiate a special scheme solely for women entrepreneurs especially women farmers and artisans in the grassroots.
The National Woman Leader of the NANTS, Mrs. Ruth Agbo, made the call yesterday in Abuja at the special convention of the association and FCT election/inauguration of the FCT Chapter.
According to her, the faction aims to bring together women traders beyond buying and selling to a vehicle of human rights, social justice, sustainable development and poverty reduction, adding that this can be achieved with direct government intervention through specialized schemes.
“At the grassroots, we see women traders, some grey-haired, taking the risks of travelling by trailers, pick up vans and trucks, journeying from one end of the country to another to satisfy the needs of every Nigerians in trade and agriculture,” Agbo said.
While emphasizing the need for urgency in government matching words with actions on women empowerment especially in agriculture and entrepreneurship, she said the non-empowerment of Nigerian women is a sad narrative for the country.
Mrs. Agbo said economic advancement and prosperity cannot be discharged from politics which shapes economic policy formulation and implementation.
She consequently urged the women traders, farmers and artisans to obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and use their numerical strength to influence electoral processes that would ensure their full participation in governance and ensure economic prosperity.