Written by Godfrey AKON

FG trains 200 women entrepreneurs on shea butter

The Federal Government has trained 200 female entrepreneurs on shea butter picking and processing.

Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Katagum, who disclosed this at the Bauchi State’s 1st National Trade and Exhibition Fair in Bauchi, said at the end of the training, the women organizations will receive the complete set of shea butter processing equipment to continue with the project.

Katagum said the training was carried out by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC, at in Ningi. 

Speaking on the theme of the trade fair which was "The New National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and Eventual Diversification of Nigeria's Economy; the Role of Small and Medium Enterprises, the minister said it was in line with the present administration's policy aimed at putting the Nigerian economy on a path of sustained, inclusive and diversified growth.

She called on stakeholders in the sector to support government's efforts at strengthening the capacity of Small and Medium Enterprises for job opportunities and ensure rural development.

“The role of the business community, development partners, state governments and trade promotion activities like this cannot be over-emphasized. I therefore wish to use this medium to appeal to all stakeholders to draw inspiration and strategic direction from the Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) to articulate their economic programmes, particularly in the development of the real sector in order to revitalize the economy and create the enabling environment for business to thrive,” she said.

Katagum commended the Bauchi State Government for their support and creating an enabling environment the hosting of the 1st edition of the Fair.

In his address, the Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed, said his government has approved the constitution of a committee for the privatization of all the moribund industries in Bauchi State, adding that, the constitution of the committee was in recognition of the importance of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in the state in line with his economic policies.

 The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Senator Baba Tela, believed that the recommendations of the committee would go a long way in improving and revitalization of industries.

Bala said the 1st National Trade and Exhibition fair would open window of cooperation between government, private sector and small scale entrepreneurs to interface, exchange ideas and promote synergy for national growth and development.

“The fair and exhibition are essentially an event meant to exhibit goods and services to potential buyers in addition to networking to private organizations to grow customer base for the development of business relationship.

“You will agree with me that the seemingly high level of carpentry works going on in both the pavilion and open spaces for participants to have the necessary exhibition stand to display their commodities is another means of livelihood to our local entrepreneurs and teeming unemployed youth,” he said.

 

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