Adijat Adeleye, the Ogun State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, has advocated more initiatives to prioritise financial inclusion, gender-responsive policies, and supportive networks that would aid the successes of women-led businesses.
She made the appeal at the 9th Policy Dialogue Series on Entrepreneurship with the theme “Enabling Nano & Micro Women-led Businesses Thrives in Africa”, organised by the FATE Foundation in Lagos.
She said the proposed initiatives being a combined effort of government, non-governmental organisations and public-spirited individuals would transform lives and contribute significantly to national economic development.
She noted, “When women excel in business, they reinvest in education, healthcare, and society. This is a call to empower and honour these change-driving entrepreneurs.
“Let’s champion gender equality and economic empowerment, laying the groundwork for an inclusive, prosperous future. Together, let’s make this vision a reality, enriching not just women but our entire communities and nation.”
Adeleye maintained that African women entrepreneurs in nano and micro enterprises remained crucial for financial growth.
She noted initiatives like “Nigeria For Women Project” and Ogun State’s “Oko’wo Dapo” had empowered women in Ogun State with grants, training, and networks.
The Ogun State-led “Oko’wo Dapo” programme, valued at over N1 billion, supports women and youth in SMEs with grants ranging from N320,000 to N400,000. Operated via Women Affinity Groups, it builds social capital and financial inclusion.
“This strategic initiative removes barriers, enabling grassroots enterprises to flourish, transcending politics and administration. It empowers women entrepreneurs, fostering economic growth within Ogun State,” she submitted.