The Bank of Industry (BOI) in collaboration with the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has disbursed N50,000 loan to 1000 women in the FCT.
Mrs Toyin Adeniji, Executive Director, Micro Enterprises, BOI who doled out the cash at the NCWS National Officers Women Empowerment Progarmme, said the loan is a non interest one.
She urged the beneficiaries to utilize it wisely.
Adeniji said that the government had made provisions for the loan and urged women to key into the empowerment project using NCWS as the platform.
In her remarks, President, NCWS, Gloria Shoda, said that securing the facility is part of her campaign promise to Nigerian women.
She said that under her leadership, NCWS would work hard to ensure that women are empowered economically, adding that partnering with like-minded agencies and activists is one of the council core areas of operation.
The president noted that with similar collaborations , the country would witness the desired changes in the lives of girls, women and families.
she said in line with this, NCWS is working with the Federal Government and the Bank of Industry (BOI) to empower 1000 women in the FCT.
Shoda said that the FCT is a pilot project to flag-off the scheme and subsequently 30 women would be selected in each local government areas across the country.“During my campaign, I outlined a four-point development plan.I want to reiterate here that, I remain fully committed to Renewing, Re-structuring, Re-integrating and Re-energizing, the average Nigerian women.
We have swung into action by this scheme and we are committed to do more,’’ she said.
Shoda said her vision is to see Nigerian women empowered to effectively participate in political, socio-economic sectors and play a significant role as change agents in the society.
Mrs Pauline Tallen, ex-Plateau Deputy Governor thanked the NCWS for its efforts to empower the Nigeria women.
She said that empowering a woman is crucial to a nation and urged the government to commit more in improving the lives of women in the country.