A non-governmental organisation called Empowered Sapiens Mulier Initiative (ESMI), in partnership with the office of the Special Adviser to Governor Soludo on Youth Empowerment Programmes have organised a one-day workshop for over 400 young women on self-awareness and development, legal requirements for businesses as well as proper accounting mechanisms.
The information-pact capacity building workshop tagged ” Women Economic Empowerment And Sustainability Workshop” which was held at De Destination Event Centre, Awka, was indeed a veritable platform for cross-pollination and fertilisation of impactful ideas intended to make the women who listened to resource persons with avid attentiveness to be self-reliant and also be able to make viable choices of business that would be sustainable in the long run.
One of the resource persons at the training, Jane Nonso Raluchukwu, who doubles too as the Team Leader of ESMI Awka Branch, whose lecture hinged on legal requirements for setting up a business in Nigeria, said her lecture availed participants the opportunity to know that as sole proprietors, they can register business names with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and other relevant government agencies. She said participants were equally tutored on how to adopt and register business names.
Another resource person, Mrs. Victoria Chinyere Nwoye, who is a senior accountant in the office of the Accountant-General of Anambra State, whose lecture centred on Easy Accounting in Business, said the essence of her lecture was for the women to know how to properly and effectively practice accurate book keeping as sole proprietors.
She said without proper accounting system in business, one would not be able to determine progress; hence she said accounting helps to check profit and loss, income and expenditures, savings and investments, in order to determine growth and advancement in business.
Meanwhile some of the participants who spoke with our correspondent on what they gathered from the training, lent credence to the fact that the workshop opened their eyes to better ways of doing business especially as a sole proprietor.
On her part, Dr. Mrs. Ifeanyichukwu Kenechukwu, a participant at the symposium, said she saw the workshop notice online and decided to attend. She said she really learnt a lot especially as it concerns registering a business name as a sole proprietor.
For Eyim Christiana Chinememma, an indigene of Ebenebe in Awka-North Local Government Area of Anambra State, the workshop was an eye opener as it taught her how to believe in herself to be able to make meaningful impact in the society as a sole proprietor.
Special Adviser to Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo on Youth Empowerment Programme, Dr. Nelson Obinna Omenugha, said ESMI is an NGO based in the United States of America and has indicated interest to partner the Anambra State Government in training women on accounting, legal and self-awareness issues.
Omenugha noted that the governor has made categorically clear that youth empowerment programmes must be meaningful, inclusive and sustainable and that the governor has also expressed his desire to make Anambra youths not just empowered for the sake of empowerment but empowered for productivity.
He said the workshop was one of the programmes identified that would not just empower the girl child but would empower them for productivity, adding that the training is in conformity with the mandate given to his office by the governor that youth empowerment must be inclusive and must be sustainable towards wealth creation.
Omenugha disclosed that they were 400 participants and 35 of the participants were physically challenged women, adding that there would be provision for grants for selected trainees while the workshop was for everyone who attended to enable them to discover better versions of themselves.