The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA)’s Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW) will on July 18 inaugurate a new chapter in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital. The chapter is expected to serve the South- South zone and give a new face to entrepreneurship in the region.
Briefing journalists on the activities lined up for the event, NNEW’s Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Edobong Akpabio, said the inauguration will hold in Port Harcourt. She added that the keynote speaker, Dr. Josephine Diete- Spiff, Managing Director, Titare Microfinance Bank will speak on the topic ‘Making a Success of My Business as a Woman Entrepreneur’.
Speaking further, she said the enlightenment programme would be geared towards building generations of successful women entrepreneurs and empower women to embrace entrepreneurship and prosper in business for the general good of the society.
According to her, SMEs are believed to be the engine room for the development of any economy “because they form the bulk of business activities in a growing economy like that of Nigeria and this is one reason why we are passionate in driving this course.”
She noted that the network has since inception in 2009 recorded several success stories has created platform for job employment through members’ businesses. The Network, she added, already has two chapters in the South-west and North-central.
She explained that the objective of NNEW is to empower women entrepreneurs to establish a network of women in business, which would support one another in managing their businesses professionally, profitably and compete globally.
“NECA’s Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW) was established as a network for entrepreneurial women and has since grown to a membership of about 329 women entrepreneurs in Lagos and Abuja.
“The Network started with a membership base of 20 members and now has grown to a membership of about 329 women with chapters in Lagos and Abuja. A third chapter is about being established in the South-south region,” she said.