More than 2,500 Benue women and youths have been selected to participate in the 2018 combined entrepreneurship summit being organised by the Eunice Spring of Life foundation on skills acquisition.
The chairman of the committee, Mrs Gladys Shaahu disclosed that the summit would afford the participants the opportunity to identify challenges affecting the smooth take off of small scale businesses in the state.
According to her, the two day event with the theme, “Inclusive Entrepreneurial Empowerment For Economic Growth- Made in Benue is possible” , would extensively tackle gender gaps in the face of multiple challenges encounter in effective business operations.
“The decision to carry out this stakeholders forum is based on the fact that gender gaps and age disposition adversely affect the sustainable development of communities. This is why this year’s theme captured the fact that irrespective of gender, age and background, economic development is a cumulative and participatory efforts.
“Women and youths do not own houses and other serious valuables that could be used to access financial needs especially loans. But each time they go to the bank to obtain loan, they will be compelled or asked to provide collateral. In a situation like that, where can they get the collateral? Hence no man would allow his wife or child to use any of landed property as collateral,” Mrs. Shaahu stated.
She further explained that the aim of the summit is to expose participants to entrepreneurship opportunity, business registration options available Medium and Small Scales Enterprises MSMEs as well as build their knowledge on value chain development that would enable them showcase goods and service particularly those made in Benue state.
The Eunice Spring of Life foundation which is a pet project of the wife of the Benue state governor, Dr. Eunice Ortom, was unveiled on May14th, 2016 and had since trained over 3000 women and youths in various skills and equally provided soft loans for them.