By G9ija

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, has advised members of the Association of Nigeria Women Business Network to take advantage of the various business intervention programmes of the Federal Government to grow their businesses.

He said this in a statement on Thursday titled ‘Adebayo assures women in business of govt support’.

The minister said the intervention programmes included the SMEs survival fund and N50bn export expansion facility among others.

Addressing a delegation of the association on Thursday in his office, the minister said the ministry had various gender-based programmes such  as gender initiative for commodity and export under the commodity and export department in the ministry and gender initiative in the department of trade, which could assist them to grow their businesses.

He advised them to come up with their demands on how the ministry could assist them to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement for the good of the association.

The statement said that the coordinator of the association, Mrs Modupe Oyekunle, had presented the minister with a list of challenges affecting the businesses of the members.

She urged the government to make conscious efforts to address the challenges of insecurity in the country.

Oyekunle noted that some members of the association lost hundreds of millions to the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests in Lagos in 2020.

Some of their members who were farmers could not access their farmland due to the activities of kidnappers and bandits who daily invaded farms and destroy their crops, she said.

While urging the government to address insecurity in the country, she worried that many had lost their farmlands to the activities of bandits and kidnappers.

She also complained of epileptic power supply and lack of access to credit facilities.